Cost of Epclusa

Cost of Epclusa

Why is the cost of Epclusa expensive?

The cost of Epclusa is $78,000 and Gilead Sciences bankrupted state health care systems when they began selling hepatitis C treatments in 2015.

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Epclusa treats genotypes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 hepatitis C virus infection.

Like its predecessors, Harvoni and Sovaldi, Epclusa is a single pill a day for 84 days for most HCV patients.

Below are some of the common questions people search for related to “cost of Epclusa”.

What is Epclusa?

Epclusa is manufactured by Gilead Sciences.

Epclusa was launched on June 28th 2016.

Epclusa is a once a day tablet, for 84 days to treat chronic hepatitis C.

Epclusa is velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.

Epclusa treats hepatitis C virus genotypes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.

What is Epclusa price in India?

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Epclusa price in India is $675 for 12 weeks treatment or 84 tablets.

What is the cost of Epclusa in Canada?

Cost of Epclusa in Canada is about $66,657 not that much cheaper from our Northern neighbors.

What is the Epclusa price in UAE?

Epclusa price in UAE (United Arab Emirates) is not going to be much cheaper.

UAE is an oil rich nation with cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

It is highly unlikely that Gilead Sciences will make any concessions on the Epclusa price in UAE.

What is the cost of Epclusa in Mexico?

Many Americans have traveled to Mexico for more affordable medicine for decades now.

Even with the drug cartels shooting up many border towns, sick Americans still cross the border to get their meds.

Epclusa cost in Mexico is about $58,000, still out of reach most Americans and most definitely Mexicans and Mexican Americans.

What is Epclusa generic cost?

Epclusa generic cost from Asegua Therapeutics is $24,000.

Why does Epclusa cost so much?

Again, according to the Gilead Sciences executive,its the ability of the patient to pay.

We Americans have to pay a higher price because we are “rich”.

What is Harvoni price?

Harvoni price is $94,000 for 84 tablets, 12 weeks treatment.

Its a lot cheaper in India for the exact same medicine authorized and licensed under Gilead Sciences.

What is the Epclusa price in Pakistan?

Epclusa price is about $700 for 84 tablets in Pakistan.

What company makes Epclusa?

Gilead Sciences makes Epclusa and has given the license and patent to several Indian pharmaceutical companies.

Who can be treated with Generic Epclusa or Epclusa?

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Generic Epclusa from Asegua Therapeutics or pharmaceutical companies in India treat all genotypes of hepatitis C virus.

Here are the following steps to get treated with Epclusa?

First, take a test and see if you have hepatitis C.

Second, if your test is positive, find out what your hepatitis C virus genotype is.

Third, ask your doctor for a prescription for the right medication. 

Some hepatitis C virus genotypes are more difficult to treat.

Your doctor will recommend the correct hepatitis C virus treatment plan.

NOTE: The reason being is if you take the prescribed medicine for your genotype and you don’t clear the virus, you can try other medicines like Sovaldi, Harvoni, Daklinza or Epclusa.  Epclusa could be a back up if you don’t clear the virus the first time.

Is hep C an STD? 

No, hepatitis C (hep C or HCV) is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Hepatitis C can be transmitted through sex, but its rare.

Most often hepatitis C is transmitted through needle sharing and blood injecting equipment.

Making Generic Epclusa and why is the cost of Epclusa so high?

Generic Epclusa is manufactured by Asegua Therapeutics a subsidiary of Gilead Sciences.

Generic Epclusa is also manufactured in India by Hetero Drugs, Natco and Cipla all approved by the FDA.

The license from Gilead Sciences allows Indian pharmaceutical companies to manufacture the identical molecular compound of Epclusa that is available in the US.

Epclusa is velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.

Like generic Harvoni, Sovaldi and Daklinza, Epclusa is a Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA). 

DAAs have been revolutionary in treating hepatitis C with or without the need for peg interferon-alpha and ribavirin.

Generic Epclusa Brand Names:

The most popular generic version of Epclusa is Velpanat from Natco pharmaceuticals in India.

Other Indian manufacturers like Cipla, Mylan, Dr. Reddys, Abbott and several others are producing (Epclusa) velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg tablets.

What is the cost of Epclusa without insurance?

The Epclusa price is about $78,000 for 12 weeks treatment, that’s 84 tablets.

Generic Epclusa from Asegua Therapeutics is considerably less about $24,000 list price for 12 weeks treatment, 84 tablets.

Now, Sunny Pharma has been providing the exact same hepatitis C treatment for about $675 for the past 6 years with 100% cure rate for our patients.

Gilead, the manufacturer of Epclusa states this cure all for all hep C genotypes is about 99%. 

So we are not that far off the mark.

What is the difference between Harvoni and Epclusa?

Harvoni is ledipasvir 90mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.

Epclusa is velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.

Harvoni or Generic Harvoni both treat hep C genotypes 1, 4, 5, or 6 infection with or without cirrhosis for chronic hepatitis C.

Now, Epclusa or generic Epclusa treats all hep C genotypes.

*Find out what your genotype is, we cannot stress this enough.

The cost of Epclusa is cheaper than the cost of Harvoni. 

We believe Gilead priced it this way so more doctors just recommend Epclusa for treatment. 

This is not really a wise approach to providing care for hepatitis C patients, because the genotype of hepatitis C virus is the most important component of treatment.

Its like using a Philips screwdriver when you need a flat head or slotted.

Is there a generic Harvoni?

Generic Harvoni has been available in India since 2015. 

Generic Harvoni has been available in the US (2019) for $24,000 by Asuega Therapeutics, this is a very unreasonable price. 

You can buy generic Harvoni from India for $675 for 12 weeks treatment.

Does Medicare cover Epclusa?

Yes, it covers up to 25% of out of pocket costs if you are enrolled in the US government prescription drug program Medicare Part D or Medicaid.

Find out what the costs are and make sure that you are not overpaying for this very affordable hepatitis C treatment.

If you go through Medicare you will save about $6000 from the $24,000 which will come to about $18,000.

Cost of Epclusa is a fraction of the price in India.

 Gilead Sciences and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorize and license all hep C meds manufactured in India.

What is the cost of Epclusa?

The cost of Epclusa is about $78,000 for 84 tablets or 12 weeks treatment.

Gilead and your insurer may provide discounts.

Epclusa cost is based on the ability of the patient to pay, according to Gilead Sciences executive.

The purchasing power of a patient and the cost of Epclusa is based on how rich a country is.

Not fun.

That’s just the way it is.

Sofosbuvir 400mg and velpatasvir 100mg are the active ingredients in Epclusa.

Epclusa cost in India

Treatment recommendation for Epclusa

First, your doctor will ask for a hepatitis C viral load test. 

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

Second, if the viral load is low, your doctor will not recommend treatment right away.

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

Don’t wait to get lucky. 

Its affordable and accessible.

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

Cost of Epclusa is only $675 for 84 tablets, 12 weeks treatment. 


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