New Hepatitis C Drug Proves To Be Highly Effective AND Very Expensive

Published October 21st, 2014 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by
Chris Riley

New Hepatitis C Drug Proves To Be Highly Effective AND Very ExpensiveAccording to Federal Health officials, the pill-and-injection method for treating Hepatitis C will soon be a thing of the past thanks to the introduction of the new medication Sovaldi from the California-based company Gilead Sciences. The new drug is being touted as a medical breakthrough due to its high percentage of successful treatments witnessed in clinical trials. The drug was found to be the most effective and successful in its compound form of Sovaldi and ledipasvir, another one of Gilead’s antiviral drugs that was approved in December, 2013.

Unfortunately, it may prove to be cost-prohibitive as the medication is priced around $1,000 per pill, making the total treatment for the average Hepatitis C patient around $84,000. The efficacy of the medication is based on the mechanism that is used to attack the virus. The combination of Sovaldi with ledipasvir mimics Gilead’s HIV compounds as it provides a dual-acting approach to treating the virus. Financial experts have estimated that the new drug will generate billions in sales and revenues.

But it is the cost of the new medication that is still a concern among patient advocate groups, insurers, and politicians who have been critical of Gilead in the past for following the trend of exorbitant pricing within the pharmaceutical industry. National Coalition on Health Care President John Rother has already voiced his opinion claiming that the price is “completely unreasonable.” Additionally, most individual patients cannot conceive of how Gilead can justify the cost of the medication.

Needless to say, many Americans have long been concerned about the cost of prescription medications and whether or not health care reform will ever come up with a solution to this dilemma. Although there has not been much information passed along regarding health insurance coverage and medication assistance for the new Hepatitis C drug, you can still save money on your other medications with the USA Rx pharmacy discount card.

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