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This fall, Turing Pharmaceuticals head and self-proclaimed Twitter troll Martin Shkreli announced he was raising the price of a anti-parasite drug Daraprim 5,500%, from $13.50 to $750, citing the effects of scarcity.

Last month, rival drugmaker Imprimis said it had created an alternative to the drug that would only cost $1.

But to compete on the open market against Turing, it would need the cooperation of actual pharmacies.

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That shoe dropped today: The New York Times reports that Express Scripts, America's largest pharmacy manager, said it would back Imprimis' drug.

“This could become a solution for the vast majority of patients,” Dr. Steve Miller, chief medical officer of Express Scripts, told the Times.

Because of intellectual property laws, Imprimis cannot make a direct copy of Daraprim. So instead, it makes a drug with Daraprim's active ingredient, and adds another that controls its side effects.

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But this drug, referred to as a compounded drug, must be prescribed in specific formulations to named patients. So to avoid prescribing Daraprim, the Times says, doctors will have to write a prescription specifically for Imprimis' drug and fax it to Imprimis to have it created.

Still, it represents a neat way around of Shkreli's scheme.

“From our perspective, it’s a tremendous endorsement of the business model” of offering alternatives to high-priced drugs, Mark L. Baum, chief executive of Imprimis, told the Times.

Shkreli did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.