Indonesian buyers club helps people obtain generic hepatitis C treatment

Why are buyers clubs needed?  Here is a really good example from Indonesia. Unfortunately the cost of generics, although down to around US$600 (about £450) for a 12-week course of sofosbuvir plus daclatasvir or sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (Harvoni), is still too high relative to local incomes. A community-led buyers club in Indonesia has helped more than 100 people get generic direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs to treat hepatitis C and is seeing a high cure ra

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

Hepatitis C, HIV Patients Find Cheaper Drugs Via Online Buyers Clubs

Frustrated by the high price of antiviral drugs, thousands of patients from London to Moscow to Sydney are turning to a new wave of online "buyers clubs" to get cheap generic medicines to cure hepatitis C and protect against HIV infection. While regulators warn that buying drugs online is risky, scientific data presented at a recent medical conference suggest that treatment arranged through buyers club can be just as effective as through conventional chan

Generic hepatitis C drugs purchased online achieve high cure rates

Use of generic versions of direct-acting antivirals resulted in very high cure rates for people who obtained the products through three buyers’ clubs, indicating that the generic products are effective, according to three presentations at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) this week. People who purchased the drugs were cured of hepatitis C at a cost of around $700-$900 in South-East Asia and Eastern Europe, Dr An...