Tag Archives: Hepatitis

VA Extending Hepatitis C Therapy

VA Extending Hepatitis C Therapy as its drug spend for the disease increases rapidly. The department last year allocated $696 million for new hepatitis C drugs, accounting for 17 percent of the VA’s total pharmacy budget. In fiscal 2016, which began Oct. 1, 2015, the VA expects to spend about $1 billion on hepatitis C […]

Is an HIV Vaccine on the horizon?

Published January 3, 2016 in Managed Healthcare Executive Is an HIV Vaccine on the horizon? There’s good news in efforts to combat HIV/AIDs and hepatitis C (hep C, HCV). These viral diseases are now more vulnerable because of improved gene-based targeting and communications around exposure from surveillance programs. Some feel, however, that policymakers could do […]

Hepatitis C and Specialty Pharmacy Market

Express Scripts Plans a Specialty Drug Price War over new hepatitis C treatments reports a recent Bloomberg News story. The news follows the release of Gilead’s Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), which reportedly costs $1,000 per pill. Express Scripts projects that Hepatitis C drug trend will grow by 168% by 2015, so employers and health plan payers are […]