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Should a company that has been widely criticized over the cost of a drug that combats infantile spasms — a rare form of epilepsy — be feted at a dinner for testing its drug for another malady?

The company in question is Mallinckrodt (MNK) and its drug called Acthar Gel, which has been something of a poster child for the high cost of medicines. Over the past four years, the wholesale price rose 20 percent and a vial now costs $39,000, absent any discounts. The price has, sometimes, made it difficult for parents to obtain the drug, since some insurers have reportedly raised hurdles to coverage.

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