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New study shows hepatitis C burden may ease in future

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Anew study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine projects that the prevalence of hepatitis C will shrink in the coming decades thanks to new medicines and increased screening regimens. Currently, approximately one in 100 people are infected with the virus, and researchers expect that number to drop to about one in 1,500 people by 2036 if patients have timely and affordable treatment. “We were pleasantly surprised that in the next 22 years we could Read More >

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NYT Columnist: Insurance Industry “Looking at the Costs of Sovaldi in the Wrong Way”

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Margot Sanger-Katz’s article on a new drug that treats hepatitis C notes that despite the attention the cost has received to date, those attacking the drug are “looking at the costs of Sovaldi in the wrong way.” Sanger-Katz acknowledges that these one-time treatments can be a ‘shock to the system,’ but notes the value far outweighs the expense since it cures the disease in the majority of patients, preventing further costly treatments and care. Sanger-Katz Read More >

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Treating Hepatitis C: Too Costly Not to Act

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Today, The Hill published an op-ed – Treating hepatitis C: Too costly not to act – by California Healthcare Institute’s Todd Gillenwater on the value of breakthrough Hepatitis C medicines that cure the disease in the majority of patients. As Gillenwater asserts, “New hepatitis C drugs mark a paradigm shift – from a model of somewhat iffy but costly chronic care to a model of short-term curative treatment with equal or slightly lower costs paid Read More >

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New Report: Innovation in Hepatitis C Treatment

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Today, the California Healthcare Institute released a report on the public health impact of Hepatitis C and the potential of groundbreaking new treatments to save tens of thousands of lives over the coming decades. Innovation in Hepatitis C Treatment: New Opportunities for Action explores the incredible progress that has been made in Hepatitis C treatment in the decades since the Hepatitis C virus was identified as the cause of the disease in 1989. Early treatments Read More >

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BioCentury TV This Week: 340B Drug Discount Program Needs More Oversight

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BIO’s Laurel Todd shared concerns that the 340B program has departed significantly from its original intent, leading to evidence of abuse and potentially harmful consequences for patients. “The original intent of 340B was to support the most vulnerable patients; clearly that is not the focus for many of the participants in the program now,” said Todd. Todd pointed to three primary reasons the program needs more oversight: Exponential growth, significant violations revealed in audits, and Read More >

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