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Cost Plus Drugs nears one million customers, says Mark Cuban

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban said Tuesday that his affordable drug delivery company, Cost Plus Drugs, could soon reach 1 million customers about seven months after launching in January.

“By the time I get back, we should hopefully be over 1 million patients in seven months,” Cuban said in a conversation with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the Vox’s Code 2022 conference in Los Angeles. Every weekday, at least 2,000 new customers sign up for Cost Plus Drugs, he said.

Cuban was the first guest at the Code conference, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and will be the last hosted by Swisher. Sitting in the conference’s signature red chairs, Swisher and Cuban discussed what Cost Plus Drugs has accomplished and what it can do.

Cuban has acknowledged that he was inspired to found Cost Plus Drugs in part because of “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli and his actions that inflated prescription drug prices. Cuban also said Cost Plus Drugs would continue to sell contraceptives and “morning after” birth control pills despite more states passing laws banning abortion. When an audience member pressed him that the company might violate laws by doing so, especially in Texas where Cuban lives, he suggested that Cost Plus would resist.

“Let them come after me,” Cuban said.


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