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Even with New AbbVie Drug, Many Hepatitis C Patients Are Being Turned Away from Treatment

Even with New AbbVie Drug, Many Hepatitis C Patients Are Being Turned Away from Treatment. Doctors, insurance companies, and even governments have cried foul over high prices the new medications Sovaldi, Harvoni, and now Viekira Pak. Sick people aren’t getting the treatments they need due to insurance denials and other roadblocks.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Hepatitis C News
Gilead slides after hepatitis drug setback

Gilead Sciences shares backtracked from their giddy ascent of the past three years, falling more than 10 per cent after the company’s flagship hepatitis C treatment fell out of favour with the largest pharmacy benefits manager in the US. High quality global journalism requires investment. Express Scripts, which helps manage the cost of healthcare plans offered by companies as well as some government programmes, said it had chosen Viekira Pak, a medicine developed by drugmaker AbbVie, as the “exclusive option” for patients.

Published
23 December 2014
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Hepatitis C patients stage sit-in to demand access to new treatment

Protest at Madrid hospital aims to shame the government into releasing more funds.

Published
20 December 2014
From
El Pais
US FDA approves AbbVie hepatitis C drug, costs $83319 for 12 weeks

U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, and the company said the drug would cost $83,319 for a typical 12-week plan, a bit below its huge selling competitor Sovaldi from Gilead Sciences.

Published
20 December 2014
From
Reuters
One million people with hepatitis C in the US at high priority for treatment

An estimated 813,000 people with diagnosed hepatitis C in the US have undergone liver disease staging and meet the 'highest' or 'high' priority criteria for immediate treatment, according

Published
18 December 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
Many hepatitis C patients with cirrhosis or advanced fibrosis face liver failure and liver cancer

Nearly one-third of chronic hepatitis C patients with liver cirrhosis and 12% with advanced fibrosis progressed to decompensation within five years, and 23% and 11%, respectively, died, according

Published
18 December 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
Cigna's Demonstration of “Real World” Effectiveness for Hepatitis C New Drug

Cigna is monitoring the health outcomes of customers with hepatitis C who have undergone treatment using a prescription combination with the drug Sovaldi. Cigna found that 91.1% of customers achieved a sustained virologic response (SVR). Customers who have an SVR when tested 12 weeks after the completion of treatment are considered cured.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Insurance News Net
Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Exorbitant Pricing of Gilead’s Hepatitis-C Drug Sovaldi

Gilead has been selling a twelve week regimen of Sovaldi in the United States for approximately $84,000, or $1,000 per pill. This is significantly more than the original price projection for Sovaldi, and in sharp contrast to the prices at which the drug is being made available in other countries. Gilead recently announced its intention to make Sovaldi available in 91 developing countries at deeply discounted prices, and the drug is reportedly available in Egypt for 99% below the U.S. price. This obvious pricing paradox is under investigation by the Senate Finance Committee, which has questioned if the market for Sovaldi “is working efficiently and rationally,” and whether “payors of health care….can carry such a load.”

Published
12 December 2014
From
Chimicles & Tikellis press release
Philadelphia Agency Sues Gilead Over Price Of Hepatitis Drug

Philadelphia's transit agency has sued Gilead Sciences Inc., accusing the company of "price-gouging" on the sale of its $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, the latest salvo in a battle between health-care payers and the pharmaceutical industry.

Published
11 December 2014
From
Nasdaq
Will AbbVie's 3-DA regimen prove a compelling competitor to Gilead's Harvoni?

Later this month, the FDA is expected to approve AbbVie's oral '3-DA' product - comprising Viekirax (ombitasvir/ paritaprevir/ ritonavir) plus Exviera (dasabuvir) - for the treatment of genotype 1 hepatitis C patients. European approval is expected to occur in early 2015 following a positive recommendation from a European Medicines Agency committee last month. Payers in the US are hoping that AbbVie will deliver festive cheer by announcing a notable 'sticker price' discount versus Gilead Sciences' Harvoni brand, which costs $94,500 for a 12-week supply.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Hepatitis C New Drugs
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