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  • Posted by Joanna Montague
  • March 5, 2015
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Pricing wars heat up over hepatitis C drugs

Pricing wars heat up over hepatitis C drugs

The race for better hepatitis C treatments is in full swing with the approval of another all-oral drug regimen. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AbbVie’s new multi-drug combination, Viekira Pak, on December 19 last year, heightening the competition in the hepatitis C arena.

Sovaldi, Gilead’s oral treatment for hepatitis C costing $1,000 per pill, was cleared in the U.S. in December 2013, followed by the FDA approval of Harvoni at a cost of $1,125 per pill in October of last year. These two new Gilead drugs were launched at prices of $84,000 and $94,500 respectively for a 12-week regimen. In a battle to grab market share, AbbVie’s rival hepatitis C drug Viekira Pak costs $83,319 for a standard 12-week regimen.

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