[Ip-health] Stat+ [paywall]: Chilean health minister supports use of compulsory licenses for hepatitis C drugs

Andrew Goldman andrew.goldman at keionline.org
Mon Mar 12 09:11:57 PDT 2018


https://www.statnews.com/pharmalot/2018/03/12/chile-compulsory-licenses-hepatitis-2/

Chilean health minister supports use of compulsory licenses for hepatitis C
drugs

By ED SILVERMAN @Pharmalot

MARCH 12, 2018

In a move that may spark another tussle with the pharmaceutical industry,
the Chilean health minister has endorsed the idea of allowing the
government to grant compulsory licenses for hepatitis C treatments, a step
that was actively sought by lawmakers and patient advocates.

This comes in response to concern over rising prices, an issue that has
prompted other cash-strapped governments to consider licenses in order to
cover escalating costs. In Chile, the market price for Sovaldi, a Gilead
Sciences (GILD) medicine that was the first in a new generation of
treatments, is about $36,000 per patient, according to patient advocates.

“This Ministry does not hesitate to affirm that hepatitis C unequivocally
creates a grave problem for the public health of Chile,” according to an
announcemen tissued last Friday by Chilean health minister Carmen Castillo
Taucher. The declaration does not mean that a compulsory license has been
issued, but makes it possible for the government to grant the right to do
so.

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