The Week in Review: September 15 – September 22, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017 News Recap: Access to Treatment: This was a good week in terms of treatment access (but not, unfortunately, in terms of weather or seismic activity: How very, very sad).  Imagine being sick or on treatment in one of these stricken areas! In Canada Epclusa was approved for use in persons co-infected with HIV. This is very good news. Gilead Receives Approval in Canada for Expanded Indication of EPCLUSA® (Sofosbuvir/Velpat...

Gilead Receives Approval in Canada for Expanded Indication of EPCLUSA® (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir) for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in Patients Co-Infected with HIV

– New Data for First Approved Pan-genotypic Once-Daily Single Tablet Regimen for  Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection – MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. (Gilead Canada) today announced that Health Canada has granted a Notice of Compliance (NOC) for updated labeling of EPCLUSA® (sofosbuvir 400mg/velpatasvir 100mg), the first all-oral, pan-genotypic, once-daily single tablet regimen (STR) for the treatment of adults w...

The Week in Review: July 7 – July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017 News Recap Local New measures boost addiction treatment access in Victoria New efforts to expand treatment for opioid users in Victoria are putting addiction specialists in hospital emergency departments and supporting family doctors who provide opioid substitution therapy for patients. The initiatives by Island Health and the Victoria Divisions of Family Practice are intended to dovetail with the work of the South Island Ra...

Spring Bank Announces Collaboration with Gilead for Hepatitis B (HBV) Phase 2 Study Exploring Combination Treatment of SB 9200 and Vemlidy®

HOPKINTON, Mass., July 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBPH), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of viral infections, inflammatory diseases, and certain cancers today announced a second clinical trial collaboration with Gilead Sciences, Inc. for a clinical study examining the use of Spring Bank's oral selective immunomodulator, SB 9200, co-administered with Gilea

New Combo Pill Offers Hope to Hepatitis C Patients Who Fail Other Treatment

3-drug mixture was nearly 100 percent effective in drug company trials WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pill that contains three powerful antiviral drugs might offer a cure for many hepatitis C patients who have failed other treatments, researchers report. The pill -- which contains the antiviral drugs sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), velpatasvir and voxilaprevir -- was nearly 100 percent effective in curing hepatitis C in patients whose disease retu...

Gilead warns against Hep C drugs from buyers clubs, says patients may be at risk

California-headquartered Gilead Sciences has warned against the use of generic versions of its blockbuster Hepatitis C drugs procured by patients directly through “buyers clubs.” A disruptive phenomenon, dozens of buyers clubs have mushroomed in recent years that enable supply of generic lifesaving medicines to thousands of patients afflicted with the fatal liver ailment. In its latest May 9 regulatory filings in Form 10K at the US Securities Exchange Com

The Week in Review: March 31, 2017 – April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017 News Recap Canada Effective April 2017, Alberta Health has expanded access to treatments for hepatitis C in line with what the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Québec have just done (Alberta expands drug coverage for hepatitis C patients). As Dr. Shafran, who is clearly worried about continued restrictions, says, “The funders have now opened the doors to let us treat people with mild liver disease … if ...

Scale Up of Hepatitis C Treatment Possible as Brazil Rejects Patent on Key Drug

Decision enables price reductions and scale-up of treatment that leads to cure in 95% of cases Rio de Janeiro, 31 March, 2017 – Treatment for hepatitis C using the key drug sofosbuvir could be vastly scaled up in Brazil after the decision by the National Agency of Health Surveillance (Anvisa) to reject a key patent application on the drug marketed by pharmaceutical corporation Gilead. The decision could pave the way to enable generic competition in Brazil

Two new hepatitis C therapies fast-tracked in Europe

Two drug combinations from Gilead and AbbVie that could improve treatment of chronic hepatitis C have been granted accelerated review in the EU. Gilead's application is for a three drug combination of NS5B polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, NS5A inhibitor velpatasvir and pan-genotypic protease inhibitor voxilaprevir – given over 12 weeks – that could achieve a cure for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients who have failed other regimens. The new direc

How the U.S. can beat hepatitis C: Don’t buy the pills, buy the company

In a recent article in Forbes, MIT Sloan School of Management visiting scientist Mark Trusheim and co-author Peter B. Bach, a physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, propose a startling response to the prevalence of hepatitis C and the high cost of the leading therapy: The U.S. government should not just pay for the pills — they should buy their maker. The pharmaceutical company Gilead sells hepatitis C drugs that have 80 percent