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HCV in the UK. Thanks to Will Nutland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgjJNTx3vv

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Ben Collins
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HCV in the UK. Thanks to Will Nutland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgjJNTx3vv
Posted on: February 18 2016, 02:34 pm

See an update with Magdalena Harris and MarkNelson amongst others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgjJNTx3vvY
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David Galindo
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Re: HCV in the UK. Thanks to Will Nutland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgjJNTx3vv
Reply #1 on: February 21 2016, 09:32 am

Thanks for posting Ben - 35, 000 sounds like a very high price considering the number of people affected by Hepatitis C but the pharma industry always refers back to the costs in developing effective drugs for treatment. They are frequently very reserved when talking about R&D costs over an average timeline of 10 years before an effective treatment is developed. From your experience and point of view, how much do you think it really cost to develop a drug like the one Gilead has developed to cure HepC?

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David
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Ben Collins
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Re: HCV in the UK. Thanks to Will Nutland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgjJNTx3vv
Reply #2 on: February 21 2016, 12:54 pm

Others are welcome to comment. There have been any number of claims as to actual cost. Many as low as 150 per pill. There are also generics and new options becoming available.My opinion, and it's shared by many, is that there has been a change in the overall negotiation process. Gilead was less open to negotiations. The current government is much less likely to negotiate hard with pharma (why challenge coprporate profit?) and the community seems to have forgot its historic capacity to force good faith negotiations amongst all parties. This is compounded by stigma amongst people living with HepC. To my knowledge HIV drug prices have almost always been reduced, often dramatically, from community pressure. Many feel the community dropped the ball on this. Prices are lower in many countries, often with the active role by the community.
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