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Author Topic: Activists Fighting For New Treatment for Hepatitis C  (Read 11972 times)

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Offline diannastarr

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Activists Fighting For New Treatment for Hepatitis C
« on: July 10, 2012, 11:31:43 am »
Kudos to Margaret Dudley for urging on big pharma to work together to fight Hep C.

Quoting from EATG:  "The most effective new therapy for hepatitis C -- two pills that could cure nearly every patient treated -- may never see the light of day because the developers of these new medicines, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead Sciences, seem unable to work together. Apparently, profits are more important than best patient care. Best therapy combines Bristol's daclatasvir with Gilead's GS-7977. Each is a single pill administered once a day. The results from this new therapy are nothing short of spectacular --an early cure rate of 100% for genotype 1 patients and 91% of genotype 2/3 patients, according to data from a mid-stage study announced Thursday at the European Association for the Study of Liver Disease (EASL) meeting. Amazingly, this most promising new treatment for hepatitis C patients may actually be discontinued because Bristol and Gilead can't work together. Gilead needs to justify that $11 billion and deliver profits and returns to its shareholders. Collaborating with Bristol would more than likely dilute Gilead's Hep C profits, which helps explain why Gilead isn't exactly thrilled to push ahead. Hep C patients in need of convenient and potent new cures are being hurt." Please sign this petition to urge Gilead to work with Bristol-Myers Squibb on this drug combination for the benefit of those suffering with hepatitis C .

Please sign on to her petition. It's about time we showed some unity!


Offline hep_mom

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Re: Activists Fighting For New Treatment for Hepatitis C
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 02:13:47 pm »
You go Margaret!

It's so unfortunate the big business gets in the way of peoples health. Whatever happened to people helping people?

Grrh. >:(

Offline charlieoboy

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Re: Activists Fighting For New Treatment for Hepatitis C
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 08:52:35 am »
what a crock. pharma is all about the bottom line. they don't care about people past there abilitty to pay for drugs. shame on them.

and a shout out to Margaret for fighting back. You go girl!

Offline mdudley

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Re: Activists Fighting For New Treatment for Hepatitis C
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 04:45:22 pm »
We want everyone to know we are still fighting to get this cure.  Over 8400 people have signed and we urge each of you to add your name to this petition.  And be sure and ask all of your family and friends to sign it too.  The combination of sofosbuvir (formerly GS-7977) and daclatasvir (formerly BMS-790052) is still the most effective treatment ever developed in the history of HCV.  It has proven effective across genotypes 1a, 1b, 2 and 3 without ribavirin or interferon.

Link to petition:


Margaret Dudley
HCV Coalition for The Cure


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