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Community Leaders, HIV Doctors Oppose Hepatitis C Treatment Barriers

A coalition of hepatitis C advocacy organizations and medical providers has issued an open letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services calling for an end to restrictions on access to hepatitis C treatment by private insurers and public payers seeking to avoid the cost of newly approved direct-acting antivirals. HIV medical providers also called for reducing barriers to treatment, including restrictions on which medical specialists may treat people with hepatitis C.

Published
17 September 2014
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HIVandhepatitis.com
Gilead’s Proposed Hepatitis C Medicines License: How Badly Will it Miss the Target?

Gilead’s proposed license, and its limitations, is important because Gilead has applied for patents on Sovaldi® and ledipasvir in many countries, although a number of countries in the probable licensed territory are without patents. As a patent holder, Gilead generally has rights to exclude competitors and charge monopoly prices on these life-saving medicines. The anticipated license will set precise terms on which companies can make generic equivalents and where and under what circumstances those generics can be sold. In other words, Gilead sits in the driver’s seat and has enormous power to decide who does and doesn’t get more affordable access to generics of assured quality.

Published
17 September 2014
From
Infojustice
Access to sofosbuvir in middle-income countries

Gilead is excluding 51 middle income countries (MICs) from its license for sofosbuvir, an oral hepatitis C drug. Across these MICs, where nearly 50 million people are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), lack of access to generic sofosbuvir will increase the total cost of curing hepatitis C by an estimated $60 billion dollars, according to I-MAK’s analysis.

Published
17 September 2014
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I-MAK
Study Dampens HOPE of HIV Organ Donations

The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which legalizes research into organ tranplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients, is less than a year old, but a new study already suggests the organs may be of poor quality.

Published
17 September 2014
From
Medscape (requires registration)
Uncovering cases of early HCV infection in HIV-positive men

While screening the blood samples of patients for HCV antibodies can be useful, a new study suggests that in some cases such antibodies may not appear for several months after HCV infection has occurred. In such cases, acute HCV infection might be missed if antibody tests alone are used for screening - RNA testing should be used to screen HCV infection.

Published
17 September 2014
From
CATIE
Gilead Deal to Sell Sovaldi in Poor Countries Meets Criticism

more than three dozen patient advocacy groups say the licensing deals do not go far enough, because the deals excludes many middle-income countries – such as Brazil, China, Turkey, Thailand and Ukraine – where governments and individuals may not be able to afford the Gilead drug. The patient groups are concerned the licenses will preclude the generic drug makers from selling lower-cost versions to those countries and potentially excluding millions of patients with hepatitis C from gaining access to treatment.

Published
16 September 2014
From
Pharmalot
Clash between state, drugmaker heats up as Legislature takes up Hepatitis C cost

Citing the 12-week treatment cost of $84,000, Oregon officials want to put strict new restrictions on access to the drug, especially for those in earlier stages of the disease. Commercial insurers already have some access rules, but are watching the state's battle closely.

Published
16 September 2014
From
The Oregonian
Gilead signs pact with 7 firms for cheap copies of hepatitis C drug

Gilead's licensing agreement with firms including India's Cipla Ltd and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd clears the way for the launch of a cheap generic version of the drug in 91 developing countries that make up 54 percent of the total global hepatitis burden.

Published
15 September 2014
From
Reuters
AbbVie 3D hepatitis C regimen is well-tolerated in Phase 3 trials

AbbVie's 3D hepatitis C regimen containing ABT-450, ombitasvir, and dasabuvir was generally well-tolerated in the Phase 3 SAPPHIRE trials, according to a pooled analysis presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy last week in Washington, DC.

Published
15 September 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Gilead to raise price for new hepatitis C drug above $84000

The fixed-dose regimen version of Gilead Sciences Inc's $84,000 hepatitis C drug, already under fire for its record-breaking costs, is going to be even more expensive.

Published
15 September 2014
From
Reuters
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