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…
Friday, 03 July 2015 06:40

Newsflash PBAC

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In Australia the PBAC has voted to recommend the inclusion of sofosbuvir in the PBS. This could mean that this vital medication becomes available at affordable prices in Australia, however it's also possible Cabinet will reject this given that inclusion in the…

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