Tag Archives: Hepatitis C

The Market Will Demand a Cheaper Alternative to Sovaldi

A new report from Frost & Sullivan forecasts “robust demand” for HCV antivirals, with several strong competitors “maneuvering aggressively” to narrow the market gap by introducing a treatment that can outdo Gilead’s Sovaldi.
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High Price of Gilead's Sovaldi Could Deter Early Hep C Treatment

Gilead Silences has cleaned up on their new $1,000 Hepatitis C pill Sovaldi (84,000 per treatment), hauling in a record-breaking $2.3 billion in its first full quarter on the market. The previous record (also a Hepatitis C drug Incivek from Vertex) came in with $1.56 billion, according to EP Vantage. And Sovaldi may well go […]
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Is Gilead’s $1000 Pill Worth It?

The Department of Veterans Affairs and other California panels’ solution to the new and extremely costly hepatitis (Hep) C drugs (Sovaldi and Olysio) is to reserve them for the patients with advanced liver diseases, including those awaiting transplants. What should the patients of “milder” cases do then? Twiddle their thumbs and wait for drugs in […]
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The Sovaldi Case: Is American Biotech History About to Repeat Itself?

Recent Congressional investigations over the pricing scheme of Gilead’s much-heralded hepatitis C drug Sovaldi – and a decline in stocks across the biotech sector – rings a familiar bell, writes Tom Norton. Twenty years ago in May, US Senator Joe Lieberman carefully questioned biotech CEO Harry Penner of then Neurogen Corporation about why his company’s […]
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Changing the Hepatitis C Treatment Landscape

The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) recently convened an expert panel that analyzed the implications of recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force that all Americans born between 1946 and 1964 be screened for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Widespread screening, along with new therapies that move patients from a chronic condition to […]
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