Following FDA approval of Zepatier (Elbasvir/Grazopresvir) (related blog post:In brief: Pediatric HCV trial, Exercise for NAFLD, and … – gutsandgrowth), it is gratifying to see reductions in the cost of HCV treatment. Merck has priced Zepatier at $54,600 for a 12-week course which is substantially lower than Sovaldi ($84.000), Harvoni ($94.500), and Viekira Pak ($83,000).
Zepatier is indicated for genotypes 1 and 4 and can be used in patients with severe renal impairment, including dialysis. It is likely that this will pressure rival drug companies to lower their prices as well.
More information: Will Zepatier Shake Up the HCV Market? This link is to an issue of “Specialty Pharmacy Continuum” but interestingly this same story (?verbatim) was published months later by “Gastroenterology and Endoscopy New” (August 2016) without acknowledging the previous publication (by same author).