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  1. claudel

    claudel Supporting Member

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    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160416090015.htm


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...cure-for-Hepatitis-C/articleshow/51864013.cms

    So.

    There's a "miracle drug" called "Harvoni".

    Many have seen the nice ads on TV showing the presumably healed frolicking in their joy at being virus free.

    Harvoni is a wonderful thing for those afflicted with the Hepatitis C virus.

    Problem is that the manufacturer, Gilead Corp, seems to think that US$96,000 is a reasonable price for the cure.

    OTOH,

    http://harvonipriceinindia.com/

    http://www.fiercepharma.com/sales-a...gun-as-patients-seek-harvoni-sovaldi-overseas

    It'll be interesting to watch this shake out.
     
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    It's easy to say that big Pharma is always gouging us but what we don't know is how much money Gilead spent developing this drug, and how much they spent trying to develop other drugs that failed. And they are not a "giant" pharmaceutical company. From what I understand unless you are already at deaths door most insurance companies are picking this up as $96k is a hell of a lot less than a liver transplant.
    I'd be super skeptical of a $1000.00 program of this drug from India; has to be bootleg. Gilead is not selling it to anyone for that price. There will be a glut of fake Harvoni on the black-market for sure.
     
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    I wish that were so.

    Copays for new (tier 5) drugs in many plans are >25%

    There are gaps in coverage, if one is on Medicare there is no manufacturer subsidy.

    My heart bleeds for the poor investors, and for those dying of liver disease as well...

    Gilead can afford to make cheesy commercials to entice cash customers instead of increasing affordability, even slightly.

    Stuff sold in India for $900 is the same formula, according to the linked article...

    $96K would buy a pretty nice vacation to India. $15K probably would, too.

    Coming back to the US from a foreign country with fewer nasty bugs than one left with would be a great souvenir for some.
     

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