U.S. judge bars Martin Shkreli from drug industry, orders $64.6 million payment

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By Diane Bartz and Jonathan Stempel WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. judge on Friday barred Martin Shkreli from the pharmaceutical industry for life and ordered him to pay $64.6 million after he famously raised the price of the drug Daraprim and fought to block generic competitors. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan ruled after a trial where the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and seven states had accused Shkreli, the founder of Vyera Pharmaceuticals, of using illegal tactics to keep Daraprim rivals out of the market. Shkreli drew notoriety in 2015 after hiking Daraprim’s price overnight t…

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