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Fight for Cheap Drugs Shifts From AIDS to New Hepatitis Pills

December 17, 2013

This article was reported by Fox News.

Fox News reported that the recent approval of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment Sovaldi would trigger an international battle for low-cost access, similar to earlier disputes over access to generic HIV/AIDS drugs. Manufacturer Gilead Sciences priced Sovaldi at $1,000 per day. Experts expect the drug to transform treatment because some HCV patients would be able to take a single Sovaldi pill daily, eliminating the need for interferon injections, which could cause severe flu-like symptoms. At current prices, Sovaldi treatment would cost $84,000 for a 12-week regimen.

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Comment by: Amanda R (Pasadena, Tx) Tue., Jul. 29, 2014 at 11:13 am EDT
This drug that can cure hepatitis c should be made affordable to all who are infected. There is absolutely no reason the lower income infected should suffer due to obscene costs for a medicine that could cure so many!
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