FDA approves new $1,125-a-pill hepatitis C drug

October 10, 2014 7:05 PM

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FDA approves new $1,125-a-pill hepatitis C drug

WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials have approved a daily pill that can cure the most common form of hepatitis C without the grueling pill-and-injection cocktail long used to treat the virus.

But the drug's $1,125-per-pill price is sure to increase criticism of drugmaker Gilead Sciences, whose pricing strategy for an older hepatitis drug has already drawn scorn from patient groups, insurers and politicians worldwide.

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