Is $1,000 a pill for curing Hepatitis C really too much?

August 4, 2014 10:22 AM

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Is $1,000 a pill for curing Hepatitis C really too much?

A new drug for the liver diseasehepatitis C is scaring people. Not because the drug is dangerous - it's generally heralded as a genuine medical breakthrough - but because it costs $1,000 a pill and about $84,000 for a typical person's total treatment.

A Washington advocacy effort has sprung up overnight, largely devoted to objecting to the cost of this one medication, Sovaldi. Members of Congress have started a joint investigation into how its maker, Gilead Sciences, settled on its price.

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