U.S.: Lawsuits claim insurers unfairly refuse pricey hepatitis C drugs

Two Washington state insurers — Group Health Cooperative and BridgeSpan — are targeted in class-action lawsuits that claim the companies are unfairly rationing new drugs that can cure hepatitis C based on high cost, not medical need.David Morton figures he contracted hepatitis C back in the late 1980s, when the Ph.D. chemist was doing a dirty job: analyzing raw-sewage samples for toxins in Texas.“We were looking for priority pollutants on the Environmental

AbbVie’s 3D Combo now offered in USA at discount via Express Scripts

AbbVie is now offering a discounted price in the USA on their new "3D" combo known as Viekira Pak™ via pharmacy "Express Scripts" - see below. Any doctor can prescribe it, not only specialists. And they are offering it without proof of a specified level of  liver damage (no "F2+" requirements). This is a positive sign the anticipated "HCV treatment price wars" are beginning. We hope this trend spreads to Canada soon, though the pricing is still likely to b

First interferon-free combo approved by USA’s FDA today!

We are happy to announce the beginning of interferon-free hepatitis C treatment in the USA, ledipasvir plus sofosbuvir (tradename HARVONI). We hope to hear this news in Canada soon, but also hope somehow the people who need it will be able to afford it. Description of their Patient Support Program is interesting as it may be a template for what we will see later in Canada. We quote entire article below. Source is: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-food-dru...

US Prisoners get sofosbuvir-simeprevir with new Guidelines

In Canada, we are still awaiting the kind of hepatitis C treatment now recommended for federal prisoners in the USA! New guidelines were just released in May 2014 and are available here: http://www.bop.gov/resources/pdfs/hepatitis_c_current.pdf These are the recommended treatments for federal prisoners with chronic hepatitis C, according to genotype (GT): GT1: PREVIOUS NON-RESPONDER (partial or null) TO INTERFERON TREATMENT or INTERFERON-INTOLERANTcombine