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FDA Approves First Pill to Treat All Types of Hepatitis C

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat all 6 forms of the hepatitis C virus, though it won’t come cheap: A 12-week treatment course has a list price of $74,760. Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) was approved to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV), both with and without cirrhosis of the…

Game-Changers: The New Hep C Drugs Can Cure — At a Cost

For the estimated 3 to 4 million Americans with the Hepatitis C virus, a new class of drugs called Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents (DAA) appear to be a game-changer, offering better cure rates without the debilitating side effects of the traditional treatment of interferon injections. While these “miracle drugs” sound promising,…

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