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Web Date: January 29, 2016

Massachusetts Warns Gilead About Hepatitis Drug Prices

Making people overpay for cure results in ‘massive public harm,’ attorney general says.
Department: Business
Keywords: pricing, hepatitis C, trade, legal

Gilead Sciences has received a letter of warning from the attorney general of Massachusetts saying that levying high prices for its new hepatitis C virus (HCV) drugs may constitute an unfair trade practice in violation of Massachusetts law and that the state may pursue legal action if the company does not lower the prices.

Noting that the drugs, Sovaldi and Harvoni, costing $84,000 and $94,500, respectively, per course of treatment, offer a cure to patients, . . .

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