Greg Jefferys Hepatitis C blog deals with all the issues associated with hepatitis C
One of the things that I come up against all the time from people who are trying to access cheap Hepatitis C treatment is that their doctor tells them:
“Oh don’t buy those cheap generic Hep C medicines, they might be fake or even poison!”
In a lot of countries, particularly the USA, doctors may even refuse to monitor patients who decide to go down the generic Hep C treatment route. Personally, I think such doctors are betraying their Hippocratic Oath: part of which says that they will ” treat the ill to the best of one’s ability”.
Just because a patient decides, for whatever reason, to buy a generic brand of a particular medicine in no way justifies a doctor refusing to monitor the patient’s treatment.
To be very clear there is NOTHING illegal about a doctor prescribing a generic Hep C medicine or monitoring a patient doing Hepatitis C treatment with a generic Hep C medicine.
Its just that many doctors get LOTS of kick-backs from the drug companies and those doctors do not want to risk their free lunches and paid holidays to “conferences”.
There are four licensed generic Hepatitis C medicines currently available on the international market.
The licensed generic Hep C drugs are IDENTICAL to the brand versions, except in price.
Generic Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir 400 mg) (patent owner GILEAD)
Generic Harvoni (Sofosbuvir 400 mg + Ledipasvir 90 mg) (patent owner GILEAD)
Generic Epclusa (Sofosbuvir 400 mg + Velpatasvir 100 mg) (patent owner GILEAD)
Generic Daklinza (Daclatasvir 60 mg) (Patent owner Bristol Myer Squib)
There is no generic version of Mavyret however the combination of generic Sovaldi + Generic Daklinza is superior to Mavyret for treating all genotypes of Hepatitis C.
Only pharmaceutical companies in India are licensed to manufacture generic Sovaldi, Harvoni and Epclusa.
There are many UNLICENSED generic versions of these drugs made in countries that do not comply with international patent laws. However unlicensed generic Hep C drugs have no assurance of quality. They are made in an unregulated environment.
Part of the license agreement between GILEAD and Indian manufacturers is that quality control is of the highest international standard.
GILEAD regularly monitors and checks the quality of the generic Harvoni and Epclusa that comes out of India and the Indian manufacturers, who are making a lot of money through this license agreement, are very careful to comply with the quality requirements or risk losing a very valuable license.
SO if you are buying a generic version of Sovaldi, Harvoni or Epclusa from India you can be assured you are getting exactly the same quality product as if you were buying the brand versions for 100 times the price.
Where is Branded Sovaldi, Harvoni, and Epclusa made?
In case you are wondering where the brand versions of these drugs are made, it’s in the middle eastern kingdom of Jordon (you know the one that is next to Isreal).
The active ingredients are made in Jordon and then shipped to Ireland where they are made into pills and put into packages and shipped around the world.
So if you think that the brand versions of Harvoni or Epclusa are somehow better because they are made in the good old USA you are wrong.
GILEAD bases these operations in Jordon and Ireland so it does not have to pay the higher USA company taxes.