Understanding the Costs and Benefits of HCV Treatment

A useful editorial in JAMA (available free online –) provides a useful overview of HCV treatments in terms of costs and strategies for using new therapies.

A couple of useful points

  • Given the cost of medications, many are using the newer therapies in those who absolutely need treatment now and waiting for costs to improve in others
  • “The ultimate approach to cost will be lower prices, which will occur as more products create competition.”
  • “This fall, an oral combination of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir will be introduced that inhibits both the NS5B polymerase and NS5A polymerase and has been shown to reduce treatment to an 8-week course with cure rates of more than 95%.2 Now, a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans can be cured by well-tolerated oral medications.”
  • Because of the large number of potential patients, “the simple math is that treatment of patients with HCV could add $200 to $300 per year to every insured American’s health insurance premium for each of the next 5 years.”

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