2016 Updates Reducing the cost of new hepatitis C drugs Starting in March 2016 please view all updates, here...... View Archives, here..... An index of articles pointing the reader to the current controversy over the high price
of Sovaldi, Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) and AbbVie Viekira Pak.
June 28 2016
FDA APPROVED - EPCLUSA Gilead's Epclusa® (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir) to treat Genotype 1-6
Epclusa® (sofosbuvir 400 mg/velpatasvir 100 mg), the first all-oral, pan-genotypic, single tablet regimen for the treatment of adults with genotype 1-6 chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Epclusa is also the first single tablet regimen approved for the treatment of patients with HCV genotype 2 and 3, without the need for ribavirin. Epclusa for 12 weeks was approved in patients without cirrhosis or with compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A), and in combination with ribavirin (RBV) for patients with decompensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh B or C). Gilead has set a list price of $74,760 for a 12-week course of treatment Elsewhere On The Site Prescribing Information: EPCLUSA News and Updates: EPCLUSA HCV Advocate
The "Peoples Website" also known as HCV Advocate is a great place for reviewing easy to understand conference coverage, basic information as well as updates on newly FDA approved drugs. Click here to find out what's new.
Recently HCV Advocate launched an incredible new; HCV Medications Blog with easy to find information; listed clearly by HCV genotype. Easy to navigate, easy to read.
Each month HCV Advocate puts out a newsletter with helpful articles about living with or treating the virus. An overview of approved drugs or agents still under investigation is offered as well.
Two HCV Drugs to Be Discontinued
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Rebetol(ribavirin; Merck) capsules and PegIntron (peginterferon alfa-2b; Merck) for Injection are being discontinued. The decision is business-related and not due to safety or efficacy issues with the drugs.
Rebetol is a nucleoside analogue indicated for chronic hepatitis C in combination with interferon alfa-2b (pegylated and nonpegylated), in patients ≥3 years of age with compensated liver disease. It is supplied as 200mg capsules in 56-, 70-, and 84-count bottles. The Rebetol discontinuation is effective February 1, 2016.
PegIntron is an antiviral indicated for treatment of chronic hepatitis C in patients with compensated liver disease. It is supplied as 50mcg/0.5mL, 80mcg/0.5mL, 120mcg/0.5mL, and 150mcg/0.5mL single-use vials and single-use pre-filled pens. No effective date is available for the PegIntron discontinuation.
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