Want a window into the future of hepatitis C drug marketing? Keep an eye on Europe. Bristol-Myers Squibb bagged European approval for its hepatitis C fighter Daklinza (daclatasvir) Wednesday, setting the company up for head-to-head competition with Gilead Sciences' upcoming combo drug.
Bristol-Myers Squibb bagged European approval for its hepatitis C fighter Daklinza (daclatasvir) Wednesday, setting the company up for head-to-head competition with Gilead Sciences' upcoming combo drug.
No price war on hepatitis C drugs? That would be a disappointment to payers worried about the cost of treating millions of patients with super-expensive, yet highly effective drugs. But to investors, that reassurance sounds really good.
Gilead Sciences convinced an panel of arbitrators that rival Roche had no legitimate claims on Sovaldi, its record-setting hepatitis C treatment, but the antiviral pioneer still faces patent spats with a host of challengers looking to cash in on next-generation combo therapies for the disease.
As Gilead's multibillion-dollar sales figures show, insurers and government payers are covering the highly effective--but highly pricey--hep C treatment. Now, if NICE's latest coverage proposal goes through, the U.K.'s National Health Service will officially be one of them.
The $84,000 U.S. treatment price that Gilead Sciences is charging for its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has elicited pleas from politicians and threats from payers, who say the U.S. healthcare system cannot bear the cost. But in India, Gilead will offer it at a discount--a 99% discount.
In recent years it's been the big biotechs in the U.S. which have registered approvals for the drugs most likely to succeed on the market. But in reviewing EvaluatePharma's recent picks for top Phase III drugs, it's interesting to see some prominent positions among the Big Pharma crowd. Read the full report >>
The good news: Hepatitis C could be a rare disease just 20 years from now, thanks to stepped-up screening and new-but-pricey treatments. The bad: governments, taxpayers, private insurers and health-plan members will have to foot the bill. And it's quite a bill.
Gilead Sciences, which this week got FDA approval for its new blood cancer drug Zydelig (idelalisib), has now gotten a recommendation for its use in Europe. But competitor Imbruvica from Johnson & Johnson, which got a head start in the U.S., also received a nod from EU authorities today.
Armed with a brand-new FDA approval for its blood cancer drug Zydelig (idelalisib), Gilead will take on the oncology market.