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European Medicines Agency advises on compassionate use of a new combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C

Combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir to be used in patients in urgent need of therapy to prevent progression of liver disease.

Published
21 February 2014
From
European Medicines Agency
Fighting For Global Access to Hepatitis C Therapies

Battle lines are drawn as the global health community prepares to face off with Big Pharma over the astronomic cost of treatment.

Published
19 February 2014
From
HepMag
Treating HCV -- Is the Price Right?

Are those costs out of line for drugs that promise to cure a notoriously refractory illness in eight or nine cases out of 10? Especially when you consider that HCV is widespread, underdiagnosed, and leads in many cases to serious liver disease and death? Short answer: No one really knows.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Med Page Today
The deadly toll of drug-approval drag

A recent survey of general practitioners by the Canadian Liver Foundation revealed 57 per cent of GPs don't know hepatitis C can be cured despite the fact more than 70 per cent of hep C patients who undergo treatment with available medicines are being cured right now.

Published
14 February 2014
From
Winnipeg Free Press
Gilead's CEO Says New Hepatitis C Drug Attracts Payers

Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD:US), the world’s largest maker of HIV medicines, said insurers have responded favorably over coverage of its new hepatitis C drug, which has a price tag of $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment.

Published
13 February 2014
From
Bloomberg Businessweek
Gilead Files for U.S. Approval of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir Fixed-Dose Combination Tablet for Genotype 1 Hepatitis C

The data submitted in the NDA support the use of LDV/SOF in patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, with a treatment duration of eight or 12 weeks depending on prior treatment history and whether they have cirrhosis. Approximately 75 percent of people infected with HCV in the United States have the genotype 1 strain of the virus.

Published
11 February 2014
From
Gilead press release
New hepatitis C pill lifts Gilead's 4Q sales

Gilead Sciences said Tuesday that sales of its hepatitis C pill Sovaldi totaled $139.4 million after the drug was approved in December, helping its fourth-quarter profit rise 4 percent.

Published
07 February 2014
From
Bloomberg Businessweek
Gilead to license hepatitis C drug to lower-cost manufacturers in India

Gilead Sciences plans to license its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to a number of Indian generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, allowing for lower-priced sales of the medication in that developing nation, according to the company.

Published
06 February 2014
From
Reuters
Gilead, local generic players in talks to bring hepatitis C drug into India

California-based drug-maker Gilead Sciences Inc is in discussions with a handful of local pharmaceutical companies to bring its much anticipated oral Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) into India.

Published
04 February 2014
From
The Hindu
Abbvie Strong Hep C Drug Data and the Looming Battle With Gilead Sciences

The hepatitis C drug-marketing battle is heating up. Both the Abbvie and Gilead hepatitis C regimens are equally effective, with SVR (cure) rates in the high 90% range for both treatment naive and experienced patients. That means the choice for doctors and patients will likely come down to convenience and price.

Published
03 February 2014
From
The Street

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