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Author Topic: New Hep C Treatment Costs As Much As A Maserati  (Read 8557 times)

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Offline Hep Editors

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New Hep C Treatment Costs As Much As A Maserati
« on: October 17, 2014, 10:44:26 am »
...with $10K in change. The price of a 12-week Sovaldi treatment could also buy you a double-wide mobile home, or feed a thrifty family of four for 11 years.

Harvoni, Gilead's latest drug, is even more expensive.

Read more: http://blogs.hepmag.com/hepmagstaff/2014/10/new_hepatitis_c_drug.html

Offline Majorchas

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Re: New Hep C Treatment Costs As Much As A Maserati
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2014, 05:39:03 pm »
I just found out that although Unitedheathcare WILL pay for my treatment with Sovaldi they will not pay for Harvoni (as yet anyway, perhaps some months in the future?).
I called Gilead's "Harvoni Support Path" and they said that as long as my household income is under $100,000 the cost to me for a full course of Harvoni will be ZERO dollars.
I downloaded the support path forms and will fax them back next week so time will tell.
More later.

Offline OctoberandKaiser

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Re: New Hep C Treatment Costs As Much As A Maserati
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2014, 02:54:59 pm »
Harvoni? I was told the Hep C drug by the company Gilead is called Solvaldi.

Offline Majorchas

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Re: New Hep C Treatment Costs As Much As A Maserati
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2014, 03:19:59 pm »

Solvadi was approved late last year and must be combined with another drug such as ribavirin.
There are some serious potential side effects with riba...
Harvoni was approved by the FDA on Oct 10 and is the first of the next generation drugs and is considered to be (for now anyway) the Holy Grail of treatments.
It's a single pill per day drug with cure rates from the middle 90% to 99% of all patients in clinical trials.
In addition, side effects are near zero.
There are several new/er drugs waiting FDA approval but I've been "waiting" ten years and will wait no longer.

Offline Lynn K

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Re: New Hep C Treatment Costs As Much As A Maserati
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2014, 07:40:48 pm »
And for me with 24 weeks of Harvoni as I am F4 cirrhosis it is $189,000.00

This is after treating with Sovaldi Olysio for 12 weeks which rings up about $150,360.00

But my insurance company loves having me as a customer. I know I love them.

Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

 


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