[Ip-health] Cost 'set to rule out successful hepatitis C drug'
mkamalyanni at Oxfam.org.uk
Sun Oct 5 06:08:26 PDT 2014
>From the UK Independent newspaper
Comment on the story in the Independent
Why is the price so high? "A study by researchers at Liverpool University
looked at the total real cost of the active pharmaceutical ingredients and
the cost of manufacturing of the new direct anti-viral medicines class, of
which sofosbuvir is one. They estimated the cost of a 12-week course of
treatment with the combination of sofosbuvir and daclatasvir as US $78 per
Yet the blame goes to NHS or NICE or anybody except the real culprit: the
intellectual property system that guarantees monopoly of pharmaceutical
companies and thus their ability to charge the price that can maximise
France and US are making the same complaints about the price of this
At last rich countries woke up to the un-sustainability of the high priced
medicines. Hepatitis C medicine is not a specific case. Recently, NICE
rejected a cancer medicine made by Roche because of its high price.
It is high time, the world changes the system that governs research and
development (R&D) and hence prices and get out of the prison of
Mohga (Dictating to the computer so please forgive silly mistakes) also
have computer problems so please forgive delays
Mohga M Kamal-Yanni
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