The price of Harvoni in the USA is more than $80,000 however licensed generic Harvoni can be supplied for less than $1,000 including delivery. Let Greg Jefferys help you cure your Hepatitis C now.
The issue of the cost of Harvoni is the most controversial component of what is otherwise an almost miraculous drug. If it was not for the outrageous price of Harvoni people would be hailing Harvoni as the wonder drug of the 21st century and praising Gilead, its creator. However because of Gilead’s policy of making the Harvoni price so high is seen as one of the worst examples of price gouging in the history of the pharmaceutical industry and Gilead as one of the most greedy and ruthless pharmaceutical companies on Earth. Adding to the confusion about Harvoni’s price is the availability of generic versions of Harvoni from India, Bangladesh and Egypt, all of which have price tags around US$1,000 or less for a 12 weeks treatment. Given that the Indian licensed generic Harvoni is chemically identical to Gilead’s expensive brand Harvoni it shows that Harvoni can be manufactured and sold for a profit at a fraction of the price being charged to people in the USA who need Hep C treatment.
So how did Gilead arrive at a price for Harvoni of more than US$80,000 for a 12 weeks treatment of 84 little pills?
Harvoni is a combination of two drugs Ledipasvir 90 mg + Sofosbuvir 400 mg and was approved for medical use in the United States in 2014. Harvoni came on the back of the success of GILEAD’s first DAA called Sovaldi, which was a single pill of Sofosbuvir 400 mg. It was found that by combining Ledipasvir with Sofosbuvir a powerful drug was created that would treat Hepatitis C genotype 1. As a result of of Harvoni’s success it is now on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Unfortunately Harvoni’s price puts this important Hepatitis C treatment out of reach of most people and even most national health services and health insurance companies.
In 2014, the United States Senate Committee on Finance investigated Gilead’s high price of Sofosbuvir ($1,000 per pill; $84,000 for the full 12-week regimen). Senators questioned the extent to which the market was operating “efficiently and rationally”, and committee chairman Ron Wyden and ranking minority member Chuck Grassley wrote to CEO John C. Martin asking Gilead to justify the price of its Hepatitis C drugs. What Gilead replied I do not know but we do need to ask how did Gilead arrive at this price for its Hepatitis C drugs?
Arriving at a price for Harvoni
Exactly how GILEAD arrived at the Harvoni price is clouded in secrecy however because of my contacts in the pharmaceutical industry I heard this story, which I believe is true.
When Gilead was certain that it had a cure for Hepatitis C it surveyed a number of USA based health insurance companies and asked how much it cost them if one of their customers caught Hepatitis C… from when they first contracted the disease until they died. It turned out that the cost was about US$200,000 per patient. So Gilead said something like ” so if we could cure 95% of your customers who have Hep C and charged about $80,000 per treatment that would be a price you would pay?”
So the story goes that Gilead worked out the cost of a person having Hep C to a health insurance company and then figured out what the maximum price they would be able to charge for Harvoni would be. The same logic applies to national health services in countries that offer health cover for their citizens.
So the price of Harvoni has nothing to do with research costs because Gilead purchased the technology for Harvoni. The price of Harvoni has nothing to do with manufacturing costs, because it actually costs not more than $165 to manufacture a 12 week treatment of Harvoni. The price of Harvoni has to do with greed… pure and simple corporate greed.
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The maximum price for a 12 weeks treatment of generic Harvoni is US$1,000. Email me now for details using the contact form at the bottom of this page.