The packages seem to be arriving with few issues. If you do experience a problem with Customs, the FDA, the supplier or shipper, please email.
Also, everyone's success story needs to be told. Each one helps dispel peoples' "conditioned" mistrust of imported medications.
These are real.
They are affordable.
REDEMPTION (Reviewing DAA Efficacy Managing Patient Treatment In Online Neighbourhoods) is observing and collating the treatment course, safety profile, and outcomes of patients around the world who are choosing to self import generic versions of the Direct Acting Antivirals Sofosbuvir, Ledipasvir and Daclatasvir from countries like China, India and Bangladesh.
Information on participation can be found at fixhepc.com
Below is the actual story of a case in which a generics package was detained and eventually released by the FDA. I am aware of only two incidents where detention was an issue. Both packages were from India. Both were released.
This is Mrsklg's story from post #9105:
I am in Michigan, I was suppose to get delivery 2 weeks ago yesterday, 1/8/16 , this was one response I got ...
Thank you for the information. I fully understand your situation, a serious medical condition and expensive treatment options. But, I must address your case in accordance to applicable U.S. laws and regulations.
First, the imported medication is an unapproved foreign version of an U.S. approved medication. This foreign medication does not have an U.S. approved drug application and a valid drug listing.
Secondly, there are no availability issues with the U.S. approved medication, other than its high cost.
Lastly, the purported clinical trial, REDEMPTION-3, does not appear to be a viable clinical trial in the U.S., Europe, or Australia/New Zealand, according to the clinical trial registries.
I sent that response to Andrew@fix hep c and he wrote them stating the Redemption trials was registered and sent them the link, within hours my FedEx package was released, and no response from them stating my package was released .. lol.. so it took exactly 2 weeks..
It appears that shipments of HCV medications are not being allowed to leave India as of yesterday.
This is a very serious development. Access to generic HCV medications had been easing until this unfortunate event.
The loss of access to imported Indian medications limits the ultimate source for quality generic HCV DAA tx to exactly one.
There are three ways to import those life-saving medications:
1. Dr. Freeman's clinical trial
3. Direct importation of APIs
The "how to" information can be found here and at fixhepc.com
This is a very troubling development. Gilead has a new CEO now. This could signal a more aggressive approach by Gilead concerning the importation of generics. The door is open now. However, it could slam shut. Don't be left out in the cold if that happens.
REDEMPTION shipments will be delivered. That is a given.
That is a very good point and going to the medicine is far less expensive than retail. It is just far more trouble than importation. Let's hope the remaining options continue to be viable and the "India" situation resolves itself in a positive manner.
Geno1b4 wrote: Damn, hope it is only temporary ban. I dont think India want cash to divert on Bangladesh
There is also option 4. that I went, travel directly to India.
Yes Geno1b4, in the current scenario that option looks the best, that is what even i did. Though slightly expensive, but makes the whole episode completely safe. Quite disturbing news that Gilead wants to ban the generics while they were the ones who licensed their sale.
Geno 1a since 2003,
Generic Harvoni purchased from Mumbai Ledifos
started treatment on 1st january 2016,
VL after 4 weeks of treatment - ONLY 508
Hopefully UND within one week.
I bank wired money to Mesochem on Friday (time stamped at 11:10 A.M. Rachel emailed me on Monday,
and said she had shipped Sof / Led. I received it today at 9:00 A.M. no problems whatsoever.I'm waiting
on my capsuling supplies now. I'll let you know when I start treatment. I joined the delphi forum.Name on
there is freepat. that's what I will feel like if TX works, and I'm very confident that it will. You are my main
mentor on this. You've been patient and answered all my questions as well as countless others. I hope I
can help others also. I Thank God that I came across your story on fixhepc website. I hope we can talk
on phone sometime. if not in person.
It looks like Rachel is not being as "picky" as she has been in the past. Now, it appears to be a simple order, pay and deliver process.
and the price is right...$860.00 for 12 weeks of sof & led APIs.
The situation appears to be good right now as far as the importation of generic HCV medicines into the U.S. is concerned. The biggest obstacle, in my view, is convincing people the medicines are genuine copies and the suppliers are not going to take their money and run. Some just don't believe, not matter how much evidence you present, that the medicines won't be seized by Customs.
Haven't been here in a long time and I find this thread which relates to the thread started when I was here last. I did spend a lot of time being cautious about shipping from China to US and Mr. M here has most of the answers I came up with.
I am in a situation without insurance or ample funds hence comes importation. Of course there is need to find a Dr. willing to help. Then there are the tests and in my case CAT scan and MRI's knowing that I've been infected for 40yrs+. These additional expenses add up although I was able to negotiate very good prices for the imaging scans.
To the point, I went to an HIV/AIDS foundation and asked if they would consider HCV. They were happy to consider it and have since begun to integrate such into their regiment!! All are very excited about this, especially myself. They supplied me with a Dr. willing to more than just work with me. They take care of my blood tests and the Dr. is meeting monthly with a hepatologist who directs us.
Thought I'd throw this out here if it helps anybody even if just to find a Dr. to work with you. It was as good a move as I have ever made.
So much for self medication.