[PBS News Hour] New Hepatitis-C drug raises hope at a hefty price

04-23-2014 Press Release

JUDY WOODRUFF April 23, 2014   Watch Story Here   JUDY WOODRUFF: Now: Who should pay when drugs are very effective, but extremely expensive? That’s an important question for the U.S. health care system as new treatments come along, and it’s a matter of real concern over a new drug that has a 90 percent to 100 […]

[CBS News] $1,000-a-day hepatitis C drug approved to treat prison inmates in Illinois

04-18-2014 Press Release

April 18, 2014   Illinois prison inmates will now be able to get a new and effective — but incredibly costly — drug for hepatitis C. The Herald-Review reported on Friday that the state Department of Corrections has approved the use of Sovaldi for hepatitis C. The medication has a cure rate of 95 percent. […]

[Kaiser Health News] Biggest Insurer Shocked With Hepatitis C Costs

04-18-2014 Press Release

By Jay Hancock April 18, 2014   UnitedHealth Group spent $100 million on hepatitis C drugs in the first three months of the year, much more than expected, the company said Thursday. The news helped drive down the biggest insurance company’s stock and underscores the challenge for all health care payers in covering Sovaldi, an […]

[Reuters] UnitedHealth: New hepatitis C drug costs far more than forecast

04-17-2014 Press Release

By Caroline Humer April 17, 2014   UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said it spent more than $100 million to cover a pricey new hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc in its first three months on the market, an amount that was “multiple” times what it had expected. UnitedHealth is the […]

[San Francisco Chronicle] Cost of highly effective hepatitis drug spurs revolt

04-12-2014 Press Release

By Stephanie M. Lee Apr. 12, 2014   The nation may have finally met a drug it cannot afford. Sovaldi is a long-awaited breakthrough for the 3 million Americans suffering from the hepatitis C virus. And at $1,000 a daily pill, or $84,000 over 12 weeks of treatment, the medication could generate as much as […]

[Vox Media] How does one pill cost $1,000?

04-11-2014 Press Release

By German Lopez Apr. 11, 2014   Once again, US drug prices are coming under the scrutiny of industry and consumer groups. The April 9 release of a trove of Medicare data showed some doctors charging millions to the public health-care program. Doctors claimed these charges largely covered the cost of expensive drugs administered to patients — costs Medicare […]

[Wall Street Journal] ‘Unsustainable for Our Country’: Express Scripts Calls Out Pricey Meds

04-8-2014 Press Release

By Ed Silverman April 8, 2014   Each year, Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits manager in the U.S., ceremoniously releases a spending forecast for prescription drugs. Typically, the reports are confined to numbers, charts and crystal ball gazing. This year’s edition, however, is notable for vehement criticism of the price of the new Sovaldi […]

[Bloomberg] Express Scripts Raises Pressure on Gilead for Drug Price

04-8-2014 Press Release

By Michelle Fay Cortez April 8, 2014   Express Scripts Holding Co., a pharmacy benefit manager that handles more than 1 billion prescriptions annually in the U.S., is ratcheting up its effort to force Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) to cut the $84,000 price of its new hepatitis C pill Sovaldi. Express Scripts plans to ask […]

[Bloomberg] Gilead’s $84,000 Treatment Questioned by U.S. Lawmakers

03-21-2014 Press Release

By Drew Armstrong Mar. 21, 2014   Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) is being asked by U.S. House Democrats to explain how the company set its $84,000 price for hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi. The lawmakers also asked Gilead Chief Executive Officer John Martin to explain what is being done to make sure the medicine gets into the […]

[New York Times] How Much Should Hepatitis C Treatment Cost?

03-16-2014 Press Release

Editorial Board March 16   A new pill to treat hepatitis C raises difficult questions about fair pricing, not only in the United States and other affluent nations but in developing countries around the world. Hepatitis C, which afflicts some 150 million people globally, often without symptoms for years, can cause fatigue and fever, cirrhosis or liver […]

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