Gilead gets patent for Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi

The decision is a major blow to the access to drug movement, says MSF In direct contradiction to its earlier order, the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademark granted American pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences the patent for the blockbuster Hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir (brand name Sovaldi) in India. An application for the same patent was first rejected in January 2015 as lacking inventiveness and novelty. On Monday, however, the pa...

Australia: Hep C cures now as cheap as $6.20

Breakthrough cheap hepatitis cures are now available to Australians, but many don't even know they have the deadly disease.Some who do know are unaware of the four different medicines, subsidised by the federal government from March 1, which can cure without the terrible side-effects of previous therapies."The drugs themselves are fantastic but they are just a tool," Hepatitis Australia CEO Helen Tyrrell told AAP."We have got to find the people who will be

Kyrgyzstan’s Long Fight for Generic Drugs Is Finally Paying Off

It wasn’t until several years after the birth of the couple's daughter that they learned the mother had contracted the hepatitis C virus (HCV) during an operation shortly after her pregnancy.They also soon learned that, in Kyrgyzstan, the best options for treating hepatitis C were only for the rich—an effective medicine called Pegasys (pegylated interferon) would cost as much as $25,000 for the treatment cycle. But help came in the nick of time—a represent

Natco Pharma signs agreement for manufacture and sale of hepatitis C drug

Natco Pharma has signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and Bristol-Myers Squibb to manufacture and sell generic versions of Daclatasvir, used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C.Natco Pharma, in a BSE filing today said: “It has signed a non-exclusive, royalty free licensing agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and Bristol-Myers Squibb to manufacture and sell generic versions of Bristol—Myers Squibb’s

The drug that costs more than $1200, and sells for $5 in India

The same hepatitis C drug that costs $US1000 in the US costs just $US4 in India. Outsiders don't want their daughters to marry any local boys, according to the village elders swapping stories in a tailor's shop behind the Sikh temple, because most residents are infected with "black jaundice".That's what they call hepatitis C, which is so common in parts of India's Punjab state that the tailor-shop gossips might not be off base in their estimate. But preval

India: New, better, cheap Hep C drugs to help patients, attract foreigners

New generic oral antiviral drugs for Hepatitis C has come as a major relief for almost 12 to 18 million Indians affected by the disease.The prices are about one hundredth of that in developed countries like the US and Japan.While one tablet of sofosbuvir costs around Rs 30,000 in Japan, it comes for around Rs. 350 in India; For daclatasvir, the difference is around Rs.10,000 and Rs. 135, and for the combination drug of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir, it is Rs.4

New Zealand: Hep C patient goes offshore for cure

A Dunedin woman who has imported new generation hepatitis C drugs she says will save her life wants to get her message out to others to source them from a ‘‘buyers' club'' in Australia.Earlier this year, law student Hazel Heal was on the verge of needing a liver transplant, but this week the virus was all but undetectable in blood tests.Ms Heal bought drugs in Australia for $3800, when in New Zealand they would have cost $84,000.Her call comes just days af

Real life Dallas Buyers Club operation helps hepatitis C patients with free drugs

A Dallas Buyers Club-style operation that helps hepatitis C patients get lifesaving drugs at knockdown prices plans to go a step further for World Aids Day on Tuesday – free drugs for those who can least afford them.Nearly a quarter of a million Australians carry hepatitis C, a "viral time bomb" that kills half a million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organisation.Yet a simple lifesaving fix – a course of one pill a day for 12 we