Thursday, 12 November 2015 22:28

Pharma Scores Rap Drug Cover-Ups

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This is a screenshot of an article in the Australian today. Here is a link to the full text of the study published in the British Medical Journal http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e009758.full.pdf And topping the list is..... No prizes for guessing.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:40

The Real Development Cost of Sofosbuvir

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So Big Pharma's argument about pricing goes like this: We spend a lot on R&D so we need to make a lot back when we find a winner. Now with Pharmasset we can look at the balance sheet immediately prior to Gilead's…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 12:11

Houston, I think we have a problem....

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You've almost certainly seen a version of this picture. It's called earthrise and really hammers home the idea that we live co-operatively on a tiny speck in a dark black void. This particular version was taken out of the window of Apollo…
Monday, 26 October 2015 12:28

Heard It Through The Grapevine

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Rumour has it that PBS listing of HCV DAAs is not going to happen this year. It's not official yet, but... We've started treatment for 5 patients on the transplant list in the last week, all referred from various centers. If you're…
I just sent an email called "There are no words" because... there simply are not. Dear L, Please accept my condolences about M's passing and know that the opportunity to meet such a beautiful human being, who became so suddenly unwell, and…
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 06:04

Bangladesh Is Open For Business

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We have previously tested Incepta's Twinvir and today have received samples of Beacon Pharma's Sofosbuvir, Daclatasvir and Ribavirin products for testing. We will share the testing results as soon as they are available. The quality of production of the packaging is extremely…
Saturday, 17 October 2015 04:18

Who Are We And Where Do We Come From?

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Here is some interesting data from the Google Analytics about the FixHepC visitor demographics. It's kind of spooky that Google knows your age and sex, but here's their analysis. One of the interesting things is that with 1% of the population infected…
Friday, 16 October 2015 22:18

ASHM Position Statement On HCV Generics

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NSW Health and ASHM (Australian Society of HIV/HBV/HCV Medicine) have joined forces to issue a position statement titled Importation of Generic HCV Drugs. You can follow the link or read the text below: 08 October 2015 Advice for HCV Clinicians This communique…
Friday, 16 October 2015 22:07

Lismore Liver Clinic Now Able To See Patients

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Lismore Liver Clinic is now able to accept referrals for assessment and monitoring of patients accessing generic medications for the treatment of hep C. Please note that this does not represent an endorsement of the use of generics, but rather an acceptance…
Thursday, 08 October 2015 10:31

Testing Provisions Patient Safety

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So what is this image? It is a patient safety check. Each coloured line represents a single patient's self imported Sofosbuvir being tested against a reference standard. Yes it's just lines but for each chemical there is a unique NMR signature represented…
So last night the TPP got the nod in the US. So what is it and what does it mean? It's supposed to be a free trade agreement, but it apparently has some catches, particularly around medications and patents. Sadly it's actually…
Sunday, 04 October 2015 23:15

Patient Rights vs Patent Rights

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The thing with Hep C is that it's not about anonymous statistics, it's about real people. Here's the story of one patient, and his wife's journey through Interferon and failure and then to self initiated treatment and cure via the parallel import…
Saturday, 03 October 2015 10:12

The Minimum Cost To Cure Hepatitis C - Revisited

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A patient posted a link that contained a powerpoint presentation from Dr Andrew Hill, PhD. I asked Dr Hill if I could post it here and he said yes. I turned that into a very quick YouTube movie, so you will probably…
Saturday, 26 September 2015 01:17

FixHepC In The News

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A story about the genesis of this initiative titled Big pharmaceuticals and the Hepatitis C drug trail dubbed a 'miracle cure' ran this morning in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/big-pharmaceuticals-and-the-hepatitis-c-drug-trail-dubbed-a-miracle-cure-20150924-gjtupf.html There is also another story in the Sydney Morning…
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 12:37

Hep C drugs queue just gets longer

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Hepatitis Australia is using new data released from the Kirby Institute today showing only one per cent of people with hep C received treatment last year to push the government to list new hep C drugs without delay. "It's time for action,"…
Monday, 21 September 2015 08:53

Hep C Buyers Club In TGA Sights

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It has always been a worry that the powers that be may not like the idea of patients parallel importing life saving medications. The Buyers Club has been active for less than 24 hours and already it seems the battle lines are…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:12

PBAC 2015

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In the last blog reference was made to the failed 2014 PBAC submission, simply because I could not find the PBAC outcome. Somebody has been kind enough to flag my attention to the PBAC 2015 recommendation papers which you can read here:…
Sunday, 13 September 2015 00:03

PBAC, the PBS and Rationing

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In Australia there has been optimism about the PBACs decision to recommend that Hep C treatments are put on the PBS. Some people seem to think that what this means is that these new medications may well be widely available at affordable…
Thursday, 10 September 2015 13:05

Are Gilead Really Bastards?

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So I received an email pointing out that you can make these new medications for $1 a dose. The question, not really a question, more of a talking point, was this: Hill et al 2014: US$2000 might seem dirt cheap for a…
Sunday, 06 September 2015 00:06

Factory making fake Hepatitis C drug raided

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 Assisted by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), personnel of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) raided one of the local industries in Islamabad’s Kahuta industrial area here Saturday, leading to the discovery of unlawful manufacturing of Sofasbuvir tablets, which are used…
GENEVA - WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/new-essential-medicines-list/en/ 
On the 20th May 2015 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the UK issued a Drug Safety Update titled: Sofosbuvir with daclatasvir; sofosbuvir and ledipasvir: risks of severe bradycardia and heart block when taken with amiodarone. You will find a…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 06:40

Sofosbuvir Reference NMR Comparison

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Today we compared a new batch of Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir to our reference sample data and found it consistent. It's reassuring to see the consistency.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:40

Sofosbuvir Ledipasvir NMR and Mass Spec

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We were quite excited to see the first shipment of Chinese sourced Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir. A white powder and and off white powder, but what would the NMR show? Here's the NMR for Sofosbuvir which is right on the money. Ledipasvir: mass…

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