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Costly hepatitis C drugs could add $300 to every Americanís yearly premium, CVS says
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | Stephanie M. Lee

Posted on 07/21/2014 3:27:15 PM PDT by artichokegrower

Gilead Sciences’ new hepatitis C drug receives as much praise for its healing powers as it receives criticism of its price, $84,000 for 12 weeks. Those parallel storylines played out even further in a prominent scientific journal’s latest edition, published online over the weekend.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: hepatitisc; hepatitusc; hepc; hepcdrug; obamacaredrugs
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This is the problem with Obamacare. My old "substandard" health insurance policy did not have Hepatitis C coverage. In that this is a disease affecting mostly intravenous drug users and gay men I felt that I did not need this coverage. Now with the Obamacare mandates I will be forced to pay for Hepatitis C treatments for this group and my insurance rates will go up substantially. Thanks Obama.
1 posted on 07/21/2014 3:27:15 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

Sovaldi saved my friends life. The previous regimine wasn’t successful and with out Sovaldi, she was looking at bleak prospects.

She also had less complications.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 3:30:05 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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Not mine.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 3:33:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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...with the Obamacare mandates I will be forced to pay for Hepatitis C treatments

Even without the Obamacare mandates we will be forced to pay for Hepatitis C treatments for prisoners. The courts will decree that not treating them with this drug would be cruel and unusual punishment, as bad as not giving prisoners sex change operations on demand.

4 posted on 07/21/2014 3:33:58 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: artichokegrower

Was this drug developed with research paid for in whole or in part by government research grants?


5 posted on 07/21/2014 3:34:59 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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More gifts of sodomy.....


6 posted on 07/21/2014 3:35:02 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Vendome
Sovaldi saved my friends life. The previous regimine wasn’t successful and with out Sovaldi, she was looking at bleak prospects.

I've been waiting for this to be available.... but my insurance doesn't cover it.

7 posted on 07/21/2014 3:36:02 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: artichokegrower
The estimated cost of a liver transplant is $577,100.
8 posted on 07/21/2014 3:37:54 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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Apparently, Hep C got noted sodomites Gomer Pyle and Jack Kevorkian.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 3:41:42 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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More gifts of sodomy.....

Or dirty needles.

10 posted on 07/21/2014 3:45:46 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Vendome

I’m glad to hear that. The other treatments available are toxic, work only about 40% of the time and you have to be on them for 6 months to a year. I could go on a long discussion of just how much it takes to actually bring a new medicine to market...much of the 17 year patent life chewed up in exhaustive clinical trials and a capricious FDA but I won’t. If they look to the total cost to treat, including the additional meds for Sovaldi alternatives, I’d bet the costs are about the same or less over a patients lifetime. I wouldn’t expect my insurance will cover it either. But I don’t need pregnancy coverage and a whole host of other things that I am required to have. While they are bashing Gilead, will they ever ask who paid for the traitorous Brad Manning’s sex change operation?


11 posted on 07/21/2014 3:48:18 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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The estimated cost of a liver transplant is $577,100.

Bingo. And the number of folks estimated to be running around with undetected HepC is impressive. The drug benefit justifies the expense. There should be enthusiasm for this drug - CURES do not come often. Yes the price is steep but not when compared to the costs of the eventual liver transplant.

12 posted on 07/21/2014 3:49:53 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: Fresh Wind
I did neither needles nor gay sex, but still got Hep C somehow. I suspect from a dentist (back in the day they didn't sanitize tools the way they do these days). Or, perhaps I got it somehow in my travels... haven't a clue.

Anyway... since I buy my own health insurance (and have done so ever since I left the corporate world 9 years ago) I can't have access to this cure... which really sucks.

So far the only people who are getting this wonder drug are people on welfare. Go figure.

13 posted on 07/21/2014 3:49:55 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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On the bright side, this may just be the Medicare/Medicaid killer we’ve been waiting for. That’s going to be the biggest market for this drug, and they’re forbidden by law from negotiating the price.


14 posted on 07/21/2014 3:56:27 PM PDT by Wolfie
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Must have very active lobbyists. I hear them pushing the idea that boomers mysteriously have a high incidence of Hep and that all were to be tested. Sounds fishy to me.


15 posted on 07/21/2014 3:57:26 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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I hear you. I recall a large number of Philadelphia firefighters acting as first responders also becoming infected. More sterile handling of wounded people has improved that but so many were infected many years ago, when there wasn’t even a test for it.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 4:05:43 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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Have you been checked for HepC? Not saying you have it but that you might want to ask for it next opportunity.

Everyone. There is a very low probability of having it but worth the test. Early detection is good.

17 posted on 07/21/2014 4:14:59 PM PDT by corkoman
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“The estimated cost of a liver transplant is $577,100.”

I was going to say, it is cheaper than a new liver. But then that’s not the issue here now is it?

The issue is that the government has absolutely no right, and absolutely no business, telling me that I MUST pay in order to subsidize other people’s treatment (or their bad choices).

My insurance policy terms should be a private contractual agreement between me and my insurance provider, based on my individual health needs on the one hand and the actuarial risk of insuring me on the other. The government should NOT be attempting to destroy private insurance by turning it into a form of socialized medicine.

As an individual I should NOT be forced to foot part of the bill for someone’s abortions, births, contraceptives, HIV drugs, or HepC drugs. My insurance premiums should address MY F***ING HEALTH COSTS! NOT EVERYONE ELSE’S!


18 posted on 07/21/2014 4:24:42 PM PDT by jameslalor
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My insurance premiums should address MY F***ING HEALTH COSTS! NOT EVERYONE ELSE’S!

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You appear to misunderstand the nature of insurance, which is all about the many (with low usage) paying for the few (with high usage). Like your car insurance.

Your insurance premiums have always paid for others, since the day you started paying the premiums.


19 posted on 07/21/2014 4:45:15 PM PDT by dmz
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To: Sooth2222

The estimated cost of a liver transplant is $577,100.

Then insurance premiums should go down. But that would probably be in the long run.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 4:50:08 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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