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The high cost of Gilead's Sovaldi giving Medicaid jaundice

  • Medicaid authorities in Pennsylvania and Colorado limit access to Gilead Sciences' (GILDSovaldi to only the sickest hepatitis C patients citing the exorbitant cost of $84,000 for a 12-week regimen.
  • The $1,000/day pill is too expensive to offer many patients who are likely infected with the disease despite the fact that it works better and has fewer side effects than alternative therapies.
  • Hepatitis C sufferers are more likely to be minorities with annual incomes below $23,000.
  • The recently-FDA-approved Sovaldi generated $139M in sales in December, its first month commercially available.
Comments (17)
  • Hepper Bozo
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    My comment should be obvious!!!!
    5 Mar, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • b3player
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    Don't know who you are, therefore have no idea what your thoughts are.
    5 Mar, 02:59 PM Reply Like
  • Teriee
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    I live in Pa and am now a retired RN. I am amazed how many baby boomers got infected with Hep C and B. I can assure you that they are NOT minorities and many have above middle class incomes.
    5 Mar, 05:22 PM Reply Like
  • Harlanbrooks
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    How dare they say that all of the infected hep c pt are mostly low income I am a veteran and retired RN. There are many Vets who proudly serve their county and are infected. How can you play with people lives ???
    5 Mar, 08:07 PM Reply Like
  • khooker22
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    Pay now or pay later, insurance or Medicaid should think twice about balking at the costs of Gilead's treatment. Average liver transplants cost $375,000 or long-term terminal care costs are a lot more than the $84,000 for the Gilead treatment. I am post transplant with returning HEP C and had Gilead's treatment which cured the HEP C virus eliminating from my body. Costs? Transplant & treatment. No treatment? Another transplant in approximately 10 years or long term terminal care. Preventative treatment with Gilead? One time $84,000 - the math is pretty easy. Less costs for insurance or taxpayers with preventative Gilead treatment.
    5 Mar, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • Teriee
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    Thanks...spoken from experience. Glad to hear that you had a successful cure...and from our beloved Gilead....Best wishes to you!!!
    6 Mar, 07:42 AM Reply Like
  • aow
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    What, a government that looks to long term spending as opposed to short term outcomes? GASP
    6 Mar, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • laflyway
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    khooker,
    Bravo for speaking up. I have a close friend with the same exact story, post liver transplant with return Hep C which Gilead drug treatment eliminated. It works! That's enough for me. Long GILD.
    6 Mar, 08:50 PM Reply Like
  • khooker22
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    Pay now or pay later when these people who could have been treated are in hospitals where insurance or Medicaid will pay a heck of a lot more for liver transplants ($375,000 average) or long-term terminal care (a lot more than $84,000 that is for sure!). Solvaldi saved my life post transplant when HEP C came back with a vengeance. Now that equals a transplant & post transplant treatment to prevent another transplant later. You do the math, go ahead, it is pretty easy to figure out. Pay now or ...
    5 Mar, 08:32 PM Reply Like
  • ptrummer
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    This!

     

    Insurance companies, governments, they just do not get this.
    Pay now and be cured or put the patient on interferon and other ineffective treatments and pay later when the patient has cirrhosis of the liver and needs a transplant. Costs to develop new compounds are not cheap!
    6 Mar, 01:31 PM Reply Like
  • outline909
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    4 million baby boomers with hep c
    5 Mar, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • Hcv3
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    They used to say the majority of HCV infection was from homosexual sex or drug addiction. The pour uneducated men tend to have a high rate of institutionalization, enlisted military and incarceration. The insurance companies knew this treatment was going to be released and they know more are coming, they should be forced to buy insurance for the health of their business
    6 Mar, 02:31 AM Reply Like
  • Cora Schlesinger
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    I have seen stated that HCV came back with our boys in Vietnam, high rates of IVDA. The Viet Cong would ship high grade heroin in when they were planning an offensive.

     

    Can't put my hands on references, but it makes intuitive sense, see below. There's a hole in Daddy's arm....

     

    Current recommendations are for all Asian immigrants to the US be tested, as they have [relatively] high rates of HCV, but there is a stigma within the community.
    6 Mar, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • John Jennings
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    What was the cost of penicillin in today's prices when it was first marketed in the 1940s?
    6 Mar, 03:42 AM Reply Like
  • me, myself, and i
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    Don't you just love how the insurance companies get to decide how much they want you to pay for their 'insurance' but then arbitrarily also decide how much they're willing to pay for your care. Must be nice to run a business you're legally required to buy product from and also have your cake (set the rates) and eat it too (set the payout). The insurance payouts (or lack thereof) following two major hurricanes (one in FL and the other in LA) are further examples of how much I detest insurance companies. Slimy bastards.
    6 Mar, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • km58
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    How much $ did Gilead have to pay the FDA for their approval? FDA fees can amount to hundreds of millions.
    6 Mar, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • km58
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    I wonder what Gilead had to pay to obtain FDA approval. FDA fees can run hundreds of millions of dollars.
    6 Mar, 06:00 PM Reply Like
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