Drug company’s prices criticized

December 22, 2014 11:27 PM

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) used one of his last hearings as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to review how the VA has had to ration a break-through medicine that cures hepatitis C, a liver virus infecting 174,000 veterans, because a course of treatment — 84 pills over 12 weeks — costs VA almost $50,000 per patient.

Sanders said the biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc., of Foster City, California, stands to earn more than $200 billion on a new drug called Sovaldi. When combined with still toxic antiviral medicines including interferon injections, Sovaldi cures hepatitis C at a 90 percent rate, and d...

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