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Gilead Offers Egypt New Hepatitis C Drug at 99 Percent Discount

March 25, 2014

This article was reported by Reuters.

Reuters reported that the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences has agreed to sell its new hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug Sovaldi to the Egyptian government for $300 for a one-month supply. The total cost for the recommended 12-week regimen would be $900, instead of the $84,000 price tag in the United States. Gilead agreed to the 99-percent discount because Egypt has the highest HCV prevalence in the world, due largely to the use of poorly sterilized needles during campaigns to eradicate the parasitic disease schistosomiasis. Gilead would offer the reduced price to government clinics; patients could access treatment programs after registering during the first half of 2014. The World Health Organization reported that most of the 150 million people with chronic HCV live in developing countries.

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Comment by: Mahmoud Abdou Ashour (Zagzig,Egypt) Wed., May. 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm EDT
For humanity Sovaldi must be used as mass treatment for all HCV +ve Egyptian pat. To prevent reinfection for others. You must help us
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Comment by: Neha (India ) Tue., Apr. 1, 2014 at 1:38 am EDT
When will be the drug available in India. My mother is suffering from cirrhosis caused by Hepatitis C. Is there any way I can get this medicine quickly in India at reasonable price. What is the expected date for this medicine to hit the Indian Market. Please help with any Information available.
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