Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:50

Here is why the VA (US Government) owns sofosbuvir

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In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Dr Schinazi created PSI-6130 PSI-6130 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1932527/  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This work was supported in part by NIH grants 5R37-AI-041980, 4R37-AI-025899, 5P30-AI-50409 (CFAR), and RR000165 (to Harold M. McClure) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. R. F. Schinazi…
In a surprising and warm-hearted gesture, the Australian government announced in December 2015 that they will pay for all Hepatitis C medications Australians need. They pledged a whole of $1 billion to the cause. The announcement came from  Health Minister Sussan Ley,…
Hepatitis C has long been a formidable disease with a high death toll and inadequate treatment. However, in the recent years we have seen much more successful treatment options on a backbone of a newly discovered therapeutic molecule called sofosbuvir.  Sofosbuvir is an…
Hepatitis C has long been a formidable disease with a high death toll and inadequate treatment. However, in the recent years we have seen much more successful treatment options on a backbone of a newly discovered therapeutic molecule called sofosbuvir.  Sofosbuvir is an…
Monday, 01 February 2016 04:00

ASHM Gearing Up For PBS Listing

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Dear Colleague,   ASHM is running the Treatment of hepatitis C with Direct Acting Antivirals course at the Rydges Melbourne, Victoria on Saturday, 20 February 2016. This course is being delivered as part of the Control and Elimination within AuStralia of HEpatitis C from people living…
New age Hepatitis C medicines are more than just a medical wonder. They gave humanity an ability to save lives. How good are we at saving those lives? More people die of Hepatitis C than HIV/AIDS Hepatitis C is a serious disease…
A short excerpt from a recently discovered audio recording of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Syracuse University in July of 1965. There are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true that they're…
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:35

Hepatitis C Virus Life Cycle Video

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Awesome animated video of HCV life cycle.
At FixHepC our goal is to see everyone, everywhere with Hepatitis C treated with affordable DAA medications so that no man, woman or child is left behind. The target is nothing less that sending this disease to the annals of history, as…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 06:15

PBS Listing - Some Tears In Heaven

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They (who are they anyway) say, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you are GT1 or GT3 then the PBS looks like it is going to come through for you (and that is 90% of all…
Monday, 21 December 2015 11:52

PBS Listing - Almost Heaven

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I don't have permission to attribute this but the source is impeccable: Hi James I think we should publicise the following key features of the PBS arrangement: All patients (>=18 years) with chronic hepatitis C will be able to access treatment through…
I'm writing this to help people understand what the recent announcement that DAA medications for HCV will be listed on the PBS. Here are a couple of links to it, both with interviews with the minister: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-government-to-spend-1-billion-on-hepatitis-c-miracle-cures-for-all-20151219-glrib0.html http://www.9news.com.au/health/2015/12/20/08/14/federal-government-to-spend-1b-to-subsidise-breakthrough-hepatitis-c-cures First let me say…
HYDERABAD, DEC 8: Generic pharmaceutical company Hetero today announced that it has received the approval for the fixed-dose combination Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir (90mg/400mg) from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). The drug, Ledisof, is a generic version of Gilead Sciences’ brand Harvoni which…
Saturday, 05 December 2015 02:46

A New Plan for PBS Pricing Negotiations

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An open letter to all members of Australian Cabinet If current medication pricing trends are allowed to continue then, when we finally invent a cure for cancer, you can almost guarantee it will be too expensive for all but the super rich…
A report released Tuesday by US Senators Ron Wyden and Charles Grassley claims that Gilead Sciences priced the hepatitis C treatments Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) with the sole goal of maximising revenue. The report was based on an investigation of 20…
Sunday, 29 November 2015 21:43

You Can't Patent The Sun

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In 1961, Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk explained his decision to make his invention freely available with the words "You can't patent the sun". 185,000,000 people are infected with Hepatitis C and since a cure was invented only 613,000 people have been…
Sunday, 18 November 2012 08:30

You Don't Look Like A Junkie

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You Don't Look Like A Junkie from Kate Brown on Vimeo.
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…

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