Another Obama donor gets aid from U.S. taxpayers. Other taxpayers get bullied out of the way to make it happen. Siga Technologies (major shareholder Ronald O. Perelman – big Democrat donor) has an experimental small pox drug. Siga wanted to sell it to Obama. Obama wanted to buy it for $433 Million. And he did. Do we need it? I don’t know. There are fears that terrorists might release the disease on their enemies. We have a stock of $1 Billion worth of our traditional small pox vaccine at a cost per dose of $3. The Siga dose will cost $255 each. It’s experimental! It CANNOT BE TESTED on humans and animal testing will not prove or disprove that it works in humans. Read the first paragraph below carefully.
When Siga complained that contracting specialists at the Department of Health and Human Services were resisting the company’s financial demands, senior officials replaced the government’s lead negotiator for the deal, interviews and documents show.
When Siga was in danger of losing its grip on the contract a year ago, the officials blocked other firms from competing.
Siga was awarded the final contract in May through a “sole-source” procurement in which it was the only company asked to submit a proposal. The contract calls for Siga to deliver 1.7 million doses of the drug for the nation’s biodefense stockpile. The price of approximately $255 per dose is well above what the government’s specialists had earlier said was reasonable, according to internal documents and interviews.
I don’t know if the Siga vaccine is necessary. It may be, but I do know that how this was contracted is government corruption and price fixing.
FOR Ronald O. Perelman, Forbes magazine’s 34th-richest man in America, marriage would seem to be getting expensive: last week, he announced that he was divorcing his fourth wife, the actress Ellen Barkin , and would pay out the $20 million promised in their prenuptial pact — having paid $8 million, $80 million and $30 million, respectively, to Wives 1, 2 and 3.
He married again in 2010. Barack Obama is funding the prenups. Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images