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.
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.
Biotech Achillion Pharmaceuticals is working to get its name on the short list of blockbuster hepatitis C contenders, revealing promising Phase II data for a combination of its antiviral with Gilead Sciences' leading Sovaldi.
Bye-bye, Incivek. Just three years after nabbing the "fastest drug launch ever" award, maker Vertex is discontinuing the hepatitis C med on withering demand. For that, the Cambridge-based company has Gilead Sciences--owner of the new fastest drug launch ever--to thank.
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.
Add a new set of pricing foes for Gilead Sciences). A U.S. Senate committee has joined the forces arrayed against the company's breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi and its $84,000 price tag.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has become the first drugmaker to win regulatory approval for a combination hepatitis C treatment that doesn't require painful injections, picking up a Japanese nod for its all-oral cocktail.
European regulators are recommending approval for Bristol-Myers Squibb's daclatasvir, an hepatitis C-fighting antiviral that plays a key role in the company's planned combo treatment.
Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi has broken sales records thanks to its ability to cure hepatitis C with an effective, if costly, 12-week regimen. But rivals believe there's plenty of room in the market for a speedier solution, and Bristol-Myers Squibb plans to use its ex-partner's blockbuster to craft a four-week contender.