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A Treatment Revolution is Underway: All-Oral Therapies Transform Global Hepatitis C Antiviral Market
Date:7/29/2014

nce of resistant viral strains."

While Gilead's Sovaldi holds promise in fighting the HCV, its astronomical price – $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment – has unleashed a firestorm of criticism from government agencies, patient advocacy groups, and payers. Indeed, the prohibitive price has triggered a Congressional request for Gilead to justify its pricing, which is projected to increase Medicare Part D spending by as much as $6.5 billion in 2015 alone.

"Gilead and other future market entrants have to create a compelling pricing rationale by driving home the potential cost savings from a high-performance, all-oral regime, zeroing in on the downstream cost saving such as the reduction of liver transplants," noted Budros. "Equally crucial is the need to make HCV antivirals more affordable and accessible to patients."

With recent clinical data showing close to 100-percent cure rates for Sovaldi, future contenders will be hard pressed to succeed in the marketplace. Competitors must aim to satisfy the until now unmet need for a once-daily, ribavirin-free, all-oral, pan-genotypic regimen that has a short treatment duration.

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