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DIY medicines: the anarchic fringe of the drug price debate

As a response to high drug prices, a collective called Four Thieves Vinegar wants to allow people to develop their own medicines. The group has developed plans for an open-source micro-lab to synthesise different drugs, with a plan for a do-it-yourself version of the EpiPen already released, and a desktop lab and ‘recipe book’ for various drugs, including blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, reportedly on the way. What are the risks of encouraging people to manufacture their own drugs, and what does this emerging niche say about the pharmaceutical industry?

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