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Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment: My Big Dream

Affordable Hep C Treatment: not just a dream

Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment: My Big Dream

Since 2014 when I learned that I was infected with Hepatitis C the single BIG issue has been the price of Hepatitis C treatment. Back in 2014 the only treatment option was Sovaldi or Interferon. Sovaldi cost US$84,000 for a 12 week treatment and Interferon cost about US$40,000 for a treatment.

I could not afford Sovaldi and there was no way I would consider doing the Interferon treatment; my only option was to manage my Hep C through lifestyle choices.

Fortunately for me generic Sovaldi was released in India in May 2015 and I was able to afford the $1,000 for the treatment plus the extra $2,000 it cost me to fly to India and stay there for a week to get the Sovaldi.

This experience made me acutely aware of how critical the pricing of Hepatitis C drugs was for people who had Hepatitis C and did not have access to the medication through some form of health insurance.

Since 2015 I have dedicated my life to making affordable Hepatitis C treatment available to people. Initially this was to people in “First World” countries like Australia, the USA and Europe, however as my work expanded I became more and more aware of how difficult things were for impoverished people with Hepatitis C.

For people in impoverished situations even the relatively low cost of generic Hepatitis C medication is beyond their reach.

Poor people living in poverty have no disposable income, they have no spare money to save. This applies whether they are poor people in rich countries or poor people in poor countries. Every bit of their income goes to meeting the basic requirements of living; food and shelter.

For these people even the $550 for 12 weeks of generic Sovaldi and Daklinza in an unreachable amount of money.

 

Go Fund Me: A Genuine Chance to Change the World

There are probably more than 100 million people on the Earth infected with Hepatitis C (exact figures are difficult to obtain from many countries).
At least 70 million of those people live in situations where they can not access Hepatitis C treatment because the cost is too high.
Almost one million people will die from Hepatitis C related causes every year.
Many millions more will sicken and suffer because they can not afford treatment.

Currently brand versions of Hepatitis C drugs cost between US$25,000 and US$90,000 per treatment while generic Hepatitis C medicines cost between US$500 and US$1,500 per treatment.
The purpose of this project is to reduce that price to under US$250 for a 12 week treatment.

This project is to raise enough money to buy one thousand (1,000)  Hepatitis C treatments so that I can supply a 12 week treatment of Hep C medicine for under US$250 per treatment.
This price would include the medication and all associated costs such as shipping and handling and other necessary documentation.

How the Global Hep C Support Project Will Work
I have already negotiated a price for one thousand Hep C treatments with a licensed supplier of generic Hepatitis C medicine. Once I have raised US$150,000 I will purchase the 1,000 treatments and begin to make them available to people in impoverished situations across the world.
I will supply the pan-genotype treatment of Sofosbuvir 400 mg + Daclatasvir 60 mg. This treatment is effective against all genotypes of Hepatitis C. This will be supplied for under US$250 including shipping and all other costs.

Sustainable Hepatitis C Support
Because this medication will be sold at cost rather than given away for free the funds raised in this program will continue to purchase Hepatitis C medication for many years into the future. In other words the money raised will not just buy one thousand Hep C treatments, the money raised will buy hundreds of thousands of Hep C treatments… maybe even millions of Hep C treatment.
The way it will work is that once a few hundred treatments have been sold that money will be used to buy more treatments. As Hep C treatments are sold they will be replaced, so the pool of low cost treatments will never diminish. This means the project is sustainable in the long term and has the potential to treatment millions of people.
It would be expected that as volumes increase our purchase price will decrease and it would be my hope and expectation that within a year or two the Global Hepatitis C Support project will be able to supply Hep C treatments for under US$150 for a 12 weeks treatment.

The Global Hep C Support Project will work in cooperation, on a local level, with doctors and nurses and other health providers.

None of this money raised will be touched until enough money has been raised to purchase 1,000 treatments.
Because the treatments will be sold at cost price it will mean that your donation will continue to provide Hepatitis C treatments for people in impoverished situations for years, or until Hepatitis C has been eliminated from the planet.

This is a genuine chance to challenge the domination of the world’s medication supplies by Big Pharma. This is a chance to initiate real, and lasting, change. 

To put the target amount of US$150,000  into perspective:
This US$150,000 is less than the cost of two treatments of Epclusa in the USA
This US$150,000 is less than the weekly pay of GILEAD’s CEO John F. Milligan who made $25,961,831 in total compensation for the 2018 fiscal year.
This is less than 5% of the annual budget of World Hepatitis Alliance,  the NGO pretending to be dedicated to the global eradication of Hepatitis C, but which is funded by Big Pharma and has no real interest in providing low cost access to Hepatitis C treatment.

Greg Jefferys

Greg Jefferys

11 Comments

  •    Reply

    First off I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.

    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Cheers!

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    Oraegbunam Charles Ikenna August 17, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I am so motivated Greg.. you are a life saver..like you once said; ” Medicines are used to save life, not to make profits”.. Please we need help in Nigeria..The drugs are so expensive and people cant afford it …I can help to spread this campaign in Nigeria. Please extend this olive branch to our dear Country ..we need this affordable treatment ..i have joined your Group on Facebook and sent a friend request to you.
    Thanks and God bless

    ORAY CHARLES IKENNA ( Facebook name)
    oray2k7@yahoo.com
    +2348030957672.

    •    Reply

      Hi Charles
      I am glad to be able to help people in Nigeria with Hepatitis C. I wish I could supply the medication cheaper than 120,000 naira but it is the lowest I can manage at the moment. I wish I could d more but I am just one man with limited resources

  •    Reply

    Dear Greg, your are just a saviour to our generation. The fear of the virus alone is devastating and the consciousness of the cost implications is bullying.
    I must commend your efforts and I would really state that, many people are ready to join your campaign of good work. And I will be glad to be a party to that.
    Over here in Nigeria, it’s ravaging people and we really need your assistance. I have already joined your Facebook page and just awaiting approval.
    Kindly do us the kindness. Thanks!

    •    Reply

      Hi Daniel
      I really wish I could do more to help the people of Nigeria who have Hep C however I am only one man, with very few resources.
      However I am trying to do as much as I can.
      But even at the lowest price that I can supply medication I know that the 120,000 naira is still a very difficult amount for many Nigerian people to be able to find.
      Best wishes
      Greg

  •    Reply

    Dear Grey. I don’t l ow how to thank you. For all your efforts. My brother was diagnosed of this HPC. Am heart broken since last night. How do I get the medication

    •    Reply

      Hi NG
      It is a simple matter to get the treatment for your brother. The cost is 120,000 naira for 12 weeks treatment, including shipping

  •    Reply

    I am hep C victim, but my doctor told me that it has no cure just like HIV, due to that I haven’t further on with the test to know which of the genotype.pls could it be possible to treat Hep C without knowing your genotype?

    •    Reply

      Hi Joseph
      Hep C is not like HIV … it can be cured. If you do not know the genotype then you can use a pan-genotype treatment such as Sofosbuvir + Daclatasvir

  •    Reply

    Good morning.Please where can someone get that drug in Nigeria at #120000 for 12weeks treatment. A cousin of mine is really in need of it and she can’t afford the prices they are calling it. Your response will be highly appreciated. Thanks.

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