Janssen has set the wholesale acquisition cost, (WAC) for a single 12-week course of Olysio at $66,360. Though this is in parity with current HCV PIs, the FPC believes that all HCV drugs are priced too high. The WAC price of Olysio represents only part of the cost of an anti-HCV regimen, including at least $18,000 in WAC costs of interferon and ribavirin, plus the additional cost of the NS3 Q80K polymorphism screening test recommended by the FDA for all patients before initiating Olysio therapy.
29 November 2013 | Fair Pricing Coalition
Indian health activists are seeking to prevent Gilead from patenting its new treatment for Hepatitis C in the country in a fresh battle over affordable access to medicine.
26 November 2013 | Financial Times
EECA CAB addressed to Gilead Sciences, Merck Sharp&Dohme (MSD) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) with an open letter in which activists urge the companies to take immediate measures to ensure access to Atripla, fixed-dose combination of tenofovir, emtricitabine and efavirenz, in the region.
22 November 2013 | EATG / EECA CAB
As excitement mounts among physicians and investors over a new crop of drugs for treating hepatitis C, there is also concern that patients in developing countries may not have sufficient access due to high prices. But a recent poster presentation at a medical conference suggests that drugmakers can produce these new medicines for relatively little cost and should be compelled to do so.
12 November 2013 | Pharmalot
OraSure has gotten some encouraging news recently about its diagnostic tests, but that still hasn't translated into profit.
07 November 2013 | The Morning Call
An analysis of nearly 600 registered clinical trials published online October 29 in BMJ has shown that 29% remained unpublished 5 years after completion, that no results were available in ClinicalTrials.gov for three fourths of those unpublished trials, and that industry-funded trials were nearly twice as likely to go unreported as studies that had not received industry funding.
04 November 2013 | Medscape (requires free registration)
Janssen-Cilag International NV (Janssen), today announced it has submitted a Marketing Authorisation Application to the European Medicines Agency seeking approval for a once-daily single tablet fixed-dose antiretroviral combination product containing darunavir, a protease inhibitor developed by Janssen, with cobicistat, a pharmacokinetic enhancer or boosting agent, developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Gilead) for use in combination with other human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) medicines.
15 October 2013 | News Medical Net
As the Fix the Patent Laws campaign gains traction and South Africa moves closer towards the kind of intellectual property reform that will vastly improve access to affordable medicines, a number of claims are being publicised by the pharmaceutical industry and their allies seeking to protect their business interests. The purpose of this myth-buster is to clarify that adopting legal TRIPS safeguards will not only support public health efforts but also benefit local industry and economic development.
14 October 2013 | Fix the Patent Laws
J&J, the world’s largest seller of health-care products, bought rights to a compound from London-based GlaxoSmithKline Plc in a class of drugs called non-structural 5A protein inhibitors. That suggests J&J may be close to ending a partnership with Idenix on its hepatitis C therapies including the NS5a drug samatasvir, Brian Abrahams, an analyst with Wells Fargo & Co., said today in a note to clients.
08 October 2013 | Bloomberg
This ongoing study evaluates a new 12-week interferon-free regimen of Boehringer Ingelheim’s protease inhibitor, faldaprevir*, and non-nucleoside NS5B polymerase inhibitor, deleobuvir*, in combination with Presidio’s pan-genotypic HCV NS5A inhibitor, PPI-668*, with and without ribavirin
08 October 2013 | Boehringer-Ingelheim press release