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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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Roche Jumps into Medicines Patent Pool with Pricing and Licensing Deal

Roche this week has announced a partnership with the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to provide its drug valganciclovir, better known in the developed world as Valcyte, in 138 countries for a reduced price. In addition to making the drug available in these markets for up to 90% cheaper than current price, Roche has decided […]
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Medicines Patent Pool: Industry's Toe Still in the Water

At a time when Big Pharma is struggling with new business models geared to the demands of a changing marketplace, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is offering a way forward through voluntary licensing and patent deals that it insists will deliver what the drug majors say they want: more innovation; better market access; and the […]
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Challenges in the March Toward an AIDS-Free Generation

FDA’s approval of Truvada, a once-a-day oral combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine, for pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP, a method for preventing HIV infection) arrived during a chorus of optimism surrounding major developments in the fight against AIDS.
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HIV Market Banking on Fixed-Dose Treatments

The HIV markets are expected to grow for the next two years, but major patent expirations in the following years will have a huge impact on pharmaceutical sales by 2019, according to a new report by DataMonitor. Antiretroviral sales in 2009 were estimated at $11.8 billion. While that figure is forecast to hit $14.4 billion […]
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