World Health Organization VIRAL HEPATITIS Resolution passes

Read the unanimous UN/WHO resolution in full here: From IP-Watch article: "The resolution asks states to consider using the flexibilities endorsed in the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to promote access to specific pharmaceutical products. The director general is also asked to provide necessary technical support to countries, in


Simeprevir (trade name GALEXOS™, produced by Janssen, Inc.) was recently approved for use in Canada to treat hepatitis C, but BC PharmaCare doesn't cover it yet. Like similar drugs telaprevir/INCIVEK™ and boceprevir/VICTRELIS™, simeprevir is generally given to genotype 1 patients for several weeks in combination with two other medications (hence the name, "Triple Therapy"). In Triple Therapy with simeprevir, the drug is taken once a day (one pill) along wi

Updates to Canadian sofosbuvir pricing and CADTH queuing schedule

NEW CANADIAN DEVELOPMENTS RE: SOFOSBUVIR'S PRICE AND APPROVAL SCHEDULE GILEAD PRICING OF SOFOSBUVIROn Feb. 24th, 2014 Gilead Sciences announced $55,000 Canadian pricing for its sofosbuvir (SOVALDI™) treatment which is significantly lower than the $84,000 that is being quoted for the USA, and actively opposed by patient advocacy groups there:  "Gilead Sciences Canada Inc. is committed to ensuring the best possible market access for HCV patients who would be