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Sara White, PharmD
  Sara White, PharmD

Sara White, Doctor of Pharmacy, Masters in Public Health and is the resident expert on drug pricing, generics and healthcare accessibility.

This article goes in to the most common types of hepatitis C treatment prescribed by liver doctors, the cure rates, where and how to order the treatment safely and securely.

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Because you are here, you want to learn about the most prescribed hepatitis C (HCV) treatments, both brand names and authorized generics.

We’ll also go over the price difference of brand names and their identical generics.

if you haven’t already heard, hep C meds are quite expensive for most Americans.

Before we get in to the medicine and costs, lets look at the history of the hepatitis C virus and treatment.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV), treatment and history

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Hepatitis C virus causes inflammation, scarring and cancer of the liver if not treated.

HCV was discovered and identified only in 1989.

Prior to 1989 it was always called non A and non B.

Meaning it was not hepatitis A nor hepatitis B.

Worst thing about hep C is that it is highly infectious and is a big public health risk.

Over the decades it has cost the American tax payers billions of dollars in care and treatment.

Before new hep C treatments (direct acting antivirals) were invented, there were only interferon injection and ribavirin treatment options.

Majority of the patients could not handle the severe side effects of interferon and ribavirin.

Most patients would just give up on this therapy.

Unfortunately this treatment had a low cure rate.

Now…

Enter the new chapter of hepatitis C treatments, direct acting antivirals or DAAs.

What are the latest treatment for hepatitis C?

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With the advancement of biotechnology in the 1990’s and 2000’s, there was a major breakthrough in 2007.

Sofosbuvir (soe-FOS-bue-vir), a medicine, blocks a protein (NS5B) that is responsible for the hep C virus from replicating.

Fast forward to 2013, the US FDA approves sofosbuvir for hepatitis C treatment.

Sofosbuvir is patented by Gilead Sciences and was released to the market as Sovaldi.

More than 60,000 patients in the US sought Sovaldi within the first 30 weeks of its release.

Direct acting antivirals or DAAs are the latest treatments for hepatitis C.

  • Sovaldi (sofosbuvir 400mg)
  • Harvoni (ledipasvir 90mg sofosbuvir 400mg)
  • Epclusa (velpatasvir 100mg sofosbuvir 400mg)
  • Daklinza (daclatasvir)
  • Mavyret (glecaprevir 100mg pibrentasvir 40mg)
  • Technivie (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir)
  • Zepatier (elbasvir 50mg grazoprevir 100mg)
  • Vosevi (voxilaprevir 100mg velpatasvir 100mg sofosbuvir 400mg)

What is the treatment cost for hepatitis C?

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The latest prices of hepatitis C treatments range from $26,400 to $94,500, Mavyret to Harvoni, respectively.

  • Cost of Harvoni $94,500 – 12 weeks of treatment and $189,000 – for 24 weeks of treatment
  • Cost of Epclusa $78,078 – 12 weeks of treatment
  • Cost of Sovaldi $84,000 – 12 weeks of treatment and $168,000 – for 24 weeks of treatment
  • Cost of Mavyret $26,400 – 8 weeks of treatment
  • Cost of Zepatier $54,600 – 12 weeks of treatment
  • Cost of Technivie $76,653 – 12 weeks of treatment
  • Cost of Vosevi $78,078 – 12 weeks of treatment

Pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars on research and development.

It took years to come up with  this type of hep C treatments with a high cure rate.

This could possibly explain why this medicine is so expensive.

Another reason why its expensive; high cure rates and low side effects.

Gilead Sciences, the inventor of the medicine priced it cheaper than a liver transplant.

Liver transplant in the US is about $577,000 to $750,000.

Pay a big price now, so you don’t have to pay bigger price for a liver transplant.

The average person with hep C is not able to pay the price of the meds.

What is the hep C treatment cost with insurance?

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Most insurers do not cover hep C treatments like Harvoni, Sovaldi, Epclusa, Daklinza, Mavyret and others.

Two reasons for this:

  1. Cost of the HCV treatment is very very expensive
  2. Not “medically necessary” until liver failure

If you are one of the exceptions, your insurance company may help.

Then, you have to consider the copay of $10,000 to $38,000.

Some people go ahead and come with the copay and the HCV meds.

Others (most people) are scrambling looking for ways to get the copay down.

Or, they appeal the judgement several times until its favorable.

Approval rate for people with hepatitis C is only 23% for those with insurance.

Unfortunately, most fail in getting their insurance company to pay for it.

What if you don’t have insurance?

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Those without insurance, have a few options.

All hepatitis C drug manufacturers have a website to apply to get treatment free of cost.

  • NeedyMeds.com
  • MySupportPath.com
  • MedicineAssistanceTool.org

Remember, to do more digging online.

Sooner or later you will find a good source to get your treatment paid for or get it at a lower price.

So far, you have read about the history of HCV, new treatments (DAAs) and their costs.

Now, we are going to dive in to generic hep C drugs.

What are authorized generics?

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Gilead Sciences decided to put out the generic Harvoni and generic Epclusa 10 to 15 years early before their patent expired.

  • Cost of generic Harvoni $24,000 – 12 weeks of treatment and $48,000 –  for 24 weeks of treatment
  • Cost of generic Epclusa $24,000 – 12 weeks of treatment

There are three reasons for the availability of hep C generics:

  1. Competition (Abbvie’s Mavyret) is selling for $26,400
  2. Increase sales (revenue & profits) from licensing out authorized generics
  3. Provide Medicare/Medicaid patients a discount of $2,500 for each treatment

These generics, allow Gilead Sciences to compete with cheaper hepatitis C treatments currently in the marketplace.

Many of you may have heard on 60 Minutes, 20/20 and Fox news about low priced generics from India.

Bloomberg News and CNN aired a special report the cost of Harvoni tablet is $1125 in the US and in India its $10 a pill.

Why the huge price difference?

In the following section we will discover why Harvoni price in India or Epclusa price in India is much lower than in the US.

What about HCV generics from India?

Hep C treatment cost in India is $1,000 to $1,500.

This is well known in the US and European nations.

India has been manufacturing hepatitis C generics since 2014, with the approval of Gilead Sciences and the FDA.

Many newspapers around the country (USA), reported in 2014, the cost of Harvoni is about $1000 and cost of Epclusa is $1500 in India, for 12 weeks of treatment.

Sovaldi cost in India is $1000 for 84 days or 12 weeks of treatment.

Daklinza (daclatasvir) is less than $1000 for a 12 week course.

Why are hepatitis C treatments cheap in India?

Hepatitis C generic treatments are a lot less in India for three reasons:

  1. Established pharmaceutical industry & infrastructure since 1963
  2. Cost of manufacturing and labor is a lot lower than in the US or Europe
  3. Cost to make hep C meds ($36 per treatment) in large volume is not expensive

Since, the early 1960’s India has been manufacturing pharmaceuticals for Americans with FDA approved facilities.

All hepatitis C treatment manufacturing facilities are checked and approved by the FDA and Gilead Sciences.

Today, India manufactures 55% of all tablets and injectables that are in the US market.

The takeaway

Getting treated for hepatitis C is not complicated.

It is very rare, especially nowadays, to not be cured from hep C.

If your insurance covers HCV treatment, do not give up.

Keep trying until you get the treatment.

But don’t wait until your liver is not doing well.

If you do not have insurance work with the manufacturers to get discounted or even free hep C treatment.

Try to stay positive during this process.

It is challenging, we have gone through it ourselves.

Last option is to order Harvoni, Sovaldi or Epclusa online.

Try to do research, talk to people and find out which is the best and safest method of getting your hepatitis C treatment.

Sunny Pharma in India is funded by Americans and American non profits to promote access to medication and healthcare that is safe and reliable for all people.


Story of a Daughter Helping Family & Friends

Our journey started back in 2014 when generics of hepatitis C were first made available in India.

Friends and family members were not going to make it if we didn’t do something about it.

We had to get hepatitis C meds in their hands, it was a do or die situation…and the clock was ticking.

It was not easy to make the BIG decision to travel to India to get life saving medicine.

We had no other choice…

WE DID NOT WANT TO BE ANOTHER STATISTIC!

But…in the end, We Prevailed, it was Pure Redemption.

We are now honored to help hepatitis C patients just like us, get treated once in for all.

Our Courage, Will & Determination is now Your Strength.

Waiting is not going to get rid of hep C.

Taking action will, your Mind & Body will be Thanking you for it!

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Below are a list of common hep C meds prescribed by doctors.

Usually 12 weeks course of meds.

Some doctors recommend you only take 8 weeks course.

It really comes down to your genotype and viral load test.

Just make sure which treatment you need and how many tablets or days of treatment.

You can skip this section and go to the order page to order one or two bottles of treatment at a time.


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Patent holder – Gilead Sciences

Manufacturer – Gilead Sciences, Asegua Therapeutics, Dr. Reddys, Ranbaxy, Abbot, Natco, Mylan, Cipla and more.

Distribution – Local pharmacies, online pharmacies, hep C activists

Strength – 90mg ledipasvir and 400mg sofosbuvir

Harvoni (ledipasvir 90mg sofosbuvir 400mg) generic name:

  • MyHep LIVR
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  • Hepcinat LP
  • Resof L
  • Novisof L
  • Ledviclear
  • Ledifos
  • LediHep
  • LediKast
  • Cimivir L

Dosage & administration:

  • once a day tablet taken orally for 84 days (12 weeks).
  • Some people, based on the viral load test, are prescribed only 56 days of treatment from their liver doctor.

Most common side effects:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • physical weakness
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain

*If you experience any severe allergic reaction to this medication, please call 911 or your physician immediately.


Generic Sovaldi is made of sofosbuvir 400mg and is once a day tablet taken orally for 84 days or 12 weeks.  May also require weight based ribavirin.  Successfully treats patients with genotypes 1 or 4.  It can be used with weight based ribavirin, interferon and Daklinza.  Please consult with your doctor before starting Sovaldi

Generic Epclusa is made of velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg and is once a day tablet taken orally for 84 days or 12 weeks.  May also require weight based ribavirin.  Successfully treats patients with genotypes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.  The first pan (cure all) genotype medicine for hepatitis C.  Please consult with your doctor before starting Epclusa.


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How is this really possible?

Gilead Sciences the innovator of Harvoni gave the license and patent to several Indian pharmaceutical companies.

Doing this allows Gilead to collect royalties for every tablet that is made in India with their license..

This helped Gilead in two ways.

First, increased their profits from collecting royalties.

Second, it helped promote their generic brands globally.

This has been a boom for many Americans and those living in developed countries.

Americans are now able to get the exact same brands of medicine for a fraction of the cost.

Generic Harvoni and Generic Epclusa Brand names: 

Bottom line is when you buy generic Harvoni online from India, you’re getting the Gilead Sciences authorized licensed product.

Gilead Sciences spends billions of dollars a year marketing and advertising Harvoni and Epclusa.

They don’t want you to buy it from their own supply chain in India for a $1000.

 

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“There are approximately  6 genotypes of hepatitis C in the human population, based on race and ethnicity.”

Genotypes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

“Europeans usually, but not always, fall under the genotype 1.  Generic Harvoni treats genotypes 1 & 4, sometimes 3. “

What is the cost of generic Harvoni in India?

Harvoni price in India is usually around $1000 or less.

It all depends on which licensed pharmacy you purchase the authorized hepatitis C treatment from.

There are lots of pseudo activists out there trying to make a quick buck with out delivering the quality product.

Unfortunately there are lots of low dosage and bad quality of generic hepatitis C treatments available.

Just a caveat for the bargain seeker for hepatitis C treatment.

Sunny Pharma is a licensed pharmacy in India, although we have American roots, we still need to follow Online Indian Pharmacy rules and regulations.

To recommend treatment, your doctor will have you do a test for the viral load of the virus.

This test will let your doctor know if its necessary to pursue treatment or not.

If the viral load is very low then most probably your physician will hold off on treatment, due to the $94,500 cost of Harvoni.

This is a very common practice for most doctors because it is known that insurance will not cover it unless you are seriously ill and your situation could be life threatening.

Your insurance company (technically) will only pay if you have a fibroscan of 3 and lower.

This is true for most states in the US.  Don’t wait, just get get started on your hep C treatment regardless of cost. 

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Summary How to buy generic Harvoni online:

  1. Fill the form on the right (desktop) or the bubble on the corner (mobile).  We will reply with an email shortly.
  2. Just give us call a call at 1-858-952-1077, we’re available 24/7 .

How do I start the treatment with Authorized generic Harvoni?

Once your doctor informs you have genotype 1 or 4 they will recommend authorized generic Harvoni for treatment.  Sometimes genotype 3 with weight based ribavirin.

To order please fill out the chat bubble on the bottom right hand side or just call our San Diego, California number 1-858-952-1077. You can also email us at [email protected].

Let your physician know that you will be working with Sunny Pharma, an American non profit and and Indian non governmental organization to gain access to subsidized and licensed generic Harvoni from India.

All of our patients who have gone through our program informed their doctors about SoulofHealing.org and SunnyPharma.info.

American doctors in our network refer hep c patients to Sunny Pharma who have been denied by insurance or cannot afford their copay($10,000 to $24,000).

Who are the likely candidates for treatment with generic Harvoni?

Many baby boomers, born between 1945 to 1965, have a high incidence of HCV infection.

These folks who are hepatitis C positive and have genotype 1 & 4 are the best candidates, sometimes genotype 3, for generic Harvoni treatment.

How did the Baby Boomers get afflicted with hepatitis C?

In early to mid 1900’s in the US, hygiene and blood borne infections were not well understood.  Doctors’ often performed surgeries with unwashed hands.

During the South Korean war many doctors would operate on multiple patients without gloves or hand washing.

Essentially moving infection from one patient to another unknowingly.

Contamination by blood was common and sterilization practices of medical instruments were sub par.

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Hepatitis C made leaps and bounds in America during this dark age of medical and clinical science.

We now have a fighting chance with Direct Acting Antivirals like Sovaldi, Harvoni, Epclusa and Daklinza.

Its an amazing opportunity to treat an infectious disease with one pill a day for 84 days.

Please talk to your doctor before starting Harvoni or any medical treatment or procedure.

3 out of 4 baby boomers do not know they’re infected with hepatitis C

Prior to 1989, tests for hepatitis C did not exist, you were positive if you were non A & B positive.

Non A & B meant nor hepatitis A or hepatitis B, it was hepatitis but nomenclature was not designated for the infection at that time.

“Majority of the infections are NOT due to drug use, but through contaminated blood and poorly sterilized medical equipment according to new research published by Journal of American Medical Association.”

Once hepatitis C was clinically understood, screening, testing and preventative measures were put in place.

Due to the nature of the virus being highly infectious with high mortality rates, hepatitis C was finally getting the needed serious attention it deserved.

What to do after you complete your course of treatment?

You’ve completed your treatment, now what.

Your doctor should have asked you to take a viral load test after 8 weeks in to your treatment.

Compare the viral load with your baseline before you started the treatment.

Usually, the generic Harvoni is working and fighting the hepatitis C virus.

So, your viral load should be lower than it was earlier.

After you completed the treatment, take another viral load test 3 months down the road.

Your test results should show that no virus detected.

Congratulations, you have completed your treatment and hepatitis C virus load is not detectable.

You’ve won, you beat the hepatitis C virus.

FYI: SVR12 means sustained viral response after 12 weeks after completing treatment. SVR24 means sustained viral response after 24 weeks after completing treatment.

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We have received 1000’s of patients and doctors sending us lab tests stating that they have cleared the virus.

We always ask our patients to take another viral load test after 12 to 18 months of treatment.

This will provide great comfort to be 100% sure that the hepatitis C virus has not relapsed.

Ninety-nine percent of the time HCV does not relapse.

We understand that after receiving your treatment from Sunny Pharma you want to forget about this chapter in your life.

However, we strongly urge you to communicate with our hepatitis C advocates by email ([email protected]) or a simple phone call (1-858-952-1077) to let us know that you have cleared the virus.

We want to hear from ALL of our patients’ and their loved ones that the generic Harvoni indeed work to cure hepatitis C.

All authorized generic versions of Harvoni , Sovaldi and Epclusa are manufactured under the license and supervision of Gilead Sciences and the FDA.

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We are available 24 hours a day seven days a week to answer your emails and questions by phone at our San Diego, California, USA number 858-952-1077.

Medical disclaimer:  Do not rely on  SoulofHealing.org and SunnyPharma.info as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. Please consult with your physician for any and all medical treatment and medical care.

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