The Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) today expressed appreciation for Merck’s & Co. Inc.’s decision to launch its new curative hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, Zepatier, at a price below existing HCV treatments in a tacit acknowledgement that existing high prices have hurt patients and are untenable for the market. Zepatier’s $54,600 list price is lower than the egregious prices for Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni ($94,500) and AbbVie’s Viekira Pak ($83,319), and represents a step in the right direction.
08 February 2016 | Fair Pricing Coalition
Updated label provides new treatment option for patients with HIV-1 coinfection, advanced cirrhosis, and post-liver transplant HCV recurrence.
08 February 2016 | Bristol-Myers Squibb press release
Volume may help Merck make up what it loses on price. AbbVie and Gilead's drugs are priced so high that many governments and insurers will only pay for them for patients that have severe liver scarring, given HCV's slow progression. Zepatier is priced at a point that could make it affordable to treat a much larger population at earlier stages of the disease.
01 February 2016 | Bloomberg
On January 19, 2016, Health Canada licensed the use of Zepatier for the treatment of certain strains of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults. Canada is the first country to approve Zepatier. This drug is made by the pharmaceutical company Merck and should be available for order by drug stores early in February 2016.
01 February 2016 | CATIE
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ZEPATIER™ (elbasvir and grazoprevir) for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype (GT) 1 or GT4 infection, with or without ribavirin (RBV), following priority review by the FDA. ZEPATIER (pronounced ZEP-ah-teer) is a once-daily, fixed-dose combination tablet containing the NS5A inhibitor elbasvir (50 mg) and the NS3/4A protease inhibitor grazoprevir (100 mg).
29 January 2016 | Merck press release
Here’s what’s in store this year for new hepatitis C therapies, as well as approvals for new uses of existing treatments.
18 January 2016 | Poz
AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the initiation of six global Phase 3 clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of its all-oral, once-daily, ribavirin-free investigational hepatitis C virus (HCV) regimen, ABT-493, an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and ABT-530, an NS5A inhibitor, in patients with genotypes 1-6 (GT1-6) chronic HCV infection. The new investigational regimen evaluates treatment durations of 12 weeks and as short as eight weeks in genotype 1 patients.
11 January 2016 | AbbVie press release
Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced that its subsidiary, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, has launched generic Harvoni® (Ledipasvir 90 mg/Sofosbuvir 400 mg) tablets under the brand name MyHep LVIR™ in India.
08 January 2016 | Mylan press release
A peptide derived from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) kills a broad range of viruses while leaving host cells unharmed by discriminating between the molecular make-up of their membranes, reveals a study published January 5 in the Biophysical Journal. The peptide was potent against a range of cholesterol-containing viruses, including West Nile, dengue, measles, and HIV.
06 January 2016 | Medical Xpress
Gilead Sciences, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted priority review to the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for an investigational, once-daily fixed-dose combination of the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir (SOF), approved as Sovaldi® in December 2013, and velpatasvir (VEL), an investigational pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor, for the treatment of chronic genotype 1-6 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. FDA has set a target action date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of June 28, 2016.
05 January 2016 | Gilead press release