What is the cost of Epclusa?
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The cost of Epclusa is very expensive, especially if you don’t have insurance that covers 100% of your copay.
Because the cost of Epclusa, 7 US states healthcare budgets went bankrupt in 2015.
How can a drug company make a state go bankrupt?
Pretty easy. Just price the cost of life saving hepatitis C treatment at $1000 for each tablet.
That is not affordable because most people 84 tablets to be cured, so about $84,000.
Today, the Epclusa tablet price is $937.51, for a full course, 12 weeks treatment (84 tablets) is $78,750.84.
As you read on you will see viable options that can fit your budget from $800 to $27,000.
We all know that hepatitis C is a highly infectious disease and big drug companies charge us so much that they bankrupt us!
You can read the letter from a Harvard professor why people with hepatitis C should take out a mortgage like loan to get cured.
I was like what! Some people are so insensitive that to cure hepatitis C, you want us to take out a loan.
You cannot be serious.
Yes, people make mistakes we are not perfect, but why should a public health threat cost $84,000 to $198,000 to treat.
This hit close to home.
My dad got hep C from a blood transfusion in 1970 when he was in a near fatal car accident in California.
Screening blood for hepatitis C only started in May 1990, so it was just bad luck.
Dad’s insurance did not cover for the hepatitis C meds, because it was too expensive.
Our government needs to really work hard to figure out what’s fair when it comes to prescription drugs and healthcare.
Because, pricing medicine this high is not affordable but detrimental to our society.
Hey Melissa! Insurance wanted me to pay $5000 to get 3 bottles of Epclusa and I was like let me get back to you! I told my doctor in Kent, he said to call your pharmacy. I called, Chris answered and within 10 days, I had Epclusa in my hands. Thanks for the no hassle process, it saved my life!
– Steve Welch
Why is it so darn expensive?
The cost of Epclusa is expensive because Gilead Sciences can set prices that the market can pay, maximize profit.
If the customer is willing to pay the price then Gilead can set the price.
That is exactly what Gilead’s CEO said.
To be honest, I used to think its okay for these companies to charge as much as they do.
They spent a lot of money in to research to come up with the drugs, they can charge us what is fair, right?
We’re Americans and not communists, I get it.
However there has to be a limit to how much a company can charge for a highly infectious disease.
The key point here is “highly infectious” and we should do everything in our power to stop the hep C virus from spreading.
Truth be told…
In reality it would be a huge benefit for our healthcare system to pay for the majority of it, if not all of it.
This would help overall public health.
It would reduce the transmission of the hepatitis C virus and may even eliminate it.
Reducing the healthcare burden of hepatitis C not only saves lives but reduces healthcare costs in the long run.
This is just too important of an issue to ignore or gloss over.
Its a lot more affordable than you think
Back in late 2015 my journey to help my dad with hepatitis C began with a flight to India.
Today, that trip has helped thousands of people with hepatitis C around the world get cured for less.
A couple of doctors from the US, family friends and I setup Sunny Pharma through the funding of Soul of Healing.
We have provided over 28,485 Epclusa treatments for hepatitis C patients, that couldn’t afford it.
We were very lucky to be in the position to provide access to this very necessary treatment.
How much does this medicine cost to make?
When I first started researching this I thought it would cost atleast a few hundred dollars to make.
My job dropped when the cost to make Epclusa was less than $0.50.
Not for one pill or tablet, for the whole darn treatment.
The wholesale cost is about $0.36 to cure one hepatitis C patient!
At home it costs $929.50 for the same tablet.
For 84 tablets you are spending about $78,078.
Way too expensive for the average person with hepatitis C to afford.
What genotype does Epclusa treat?
Every hepatitis C virus has a genotype, that is specific to your body.
When you test for genotype, you know exactly what treatment you have to take to clear the virus.
The good thing is Epclusa treats all genotypes.
It treats genotypes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 .
With one single tablet a day for 84 days, you will be cured.
Your tests will come back with a non detectable or very low viral load.
Don’t be silly and try to wait it out.
You are playing with your liver and in essence you are playing with your life.
Let’s get this disease treated right away.
You are going to be feeling a lot better in 84 days.
Below are some of the most common questions people search for related to “How much does Epclusa cost?”.
What is Epclusa?
Gilead Sciences manufactures Epclusa.
Sofosbuvir velpatasvir (Epclusa) was launched on June 28th 2016.
Get cured with this once a day tablet, for 84 days to treat chronic hepatitis C.
Strength of Epclusa: velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.
Hepatitis C virus genotypes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 can be treated with Epclusa.
What is Epclusa price in India?
Epclusa price in India is
$1495 for 12 weeks treatment or 84 tablets.
India has a population of 1.3 billion people and is a very poor country.
Indians cannot even afford $100 for hepatitis C treatment.
Gilead Sciences made several agreements with Indian pharmaceutical companies to manufacture hepatitis C treatments like Harvoni, Sovaldi and Epclusa for other developing countries in the region.
This is the real reason why the cost of Epclusa and the cost of Harvoni are a lot less in India.
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.
How much does Epclusa cost 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.
Same goes for the cost of Harvoni in Mexico, its not affordable at all.
What is the Epclusa 400mg 100mg tablet price?
The price is about $930 a pill for Epclusa 400mg 100mg tablet.
84 tablets of Epclusa 400mg 100mg tablet to cure most patients with hepatitis C.
What is Epclusa tablet price in India?
Right now, its $8.03 for one tablet of Epclusa tablet price in India.
Again, its a no brainer, if you are having any difficulty getting access to Epclusa, get it from India.
So many people have, you can read the reviews here.
What is sofosbuvir/velpatasvir prices?
Sofosbuvir/velpatasvir price is about $16,500 to $23,853 at Walgreens to Walmart respectively.
Sofosbuvir 400 mg and velpatasvir 100 mg is Epclusa generic from Asegua Therapeutics.
What is Epclusa price in Nigeria?
If you can find it, Epclusa price in Nigeria is around $300 a bottle of 28 tablets.
A little bit more expensive that India.
A caveat, there are many fakes of Epclusa being sold in Nigeria unfortunately.
We recommend that you purchase the original or generic from a pharmacy that is accountable for what they sell.
What is Epclusa price Philippines?
Most Filipinos are often getting tricked to buy fake Epclusa for almost $1000 or 50,593 Philippine pesos.
Again, its much cheaper in India and Epclusa is the licensed and authorized version.
There are pharmacies in the Philippines that do sell the authorized and licensed generic Epclusa from India.
Epclusa price Pakistan?
Is about $900 for 84 tablets of velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.
This Epclusa is imported from India.
India manufactures generic Epclusa for the entire South East Asia and Middle East Region.
That is the agreement with Gilead Sciences and Indian pharmaceutical companies.
Epclusa price UK?
39,000 Euros for 12 weeks course of treatment (84 tablets).
Very high price.
UK is the best country that allows medication to be received from anywhere in the world for personal use.
Thank you UK for making hepatitis C medicine accessible.
What is the cost of Epclusa generic?
Cost of Epclusa (generic) varies by country.
In the US its very expensive, ranges from $10,906 at Walgreens to $23,047 at Walmart.
What is the average cost of Epclusa?
According to Goodrx.com, the average price of Epclusa is about $16,593 for 3 bottles of Epclusa (generic sofosbuvir /velpatasvir).
What is the generic drug for Epclusa?
Gilead Sciences gave the patent to several Indian pharmaceutical companies to manufacture the generic in late 2014.
Since then, India has been licensed and authorized to manufacture generic Epclusa, sofosbuvir 400mg and velpatasvir 100mg.
In the US, we call the generic Epclusa, sofosbuvir velpatasvir.
Who should not take Epclusa (sofosbuvir velpatasvir)?
As of right now, Epclusa has only been approved for adults.
Consult with your doctor to make sure you are eligible to take Epclusa.
Patients often ask can you drink coffee with Epclusa?
Studies have shown that Epclusa does not interact with caffeine in Epclusa.
Herbal products and drinks should be avoided when taking Epclusa, sofosbuvir 400 mg velpatasvir 100 mg.
What medicines should be avoided?
Avoid the following medicines with sofosbuvir based treatments, like Epclusa.
- St. John’s wort
Is sofosbuvir velpatasvir generic and the same cost of Epclusa?
In 2019, Gilead Sciences created a company called Asegua Therapeutics to sell generic versions of Epclusa.
Sofosbuvir velpatasvir is the generic name of Epclusa.
Does it cause hair loss?
Studies of 848 individuals for the treatment of hepatitis C have not shown any type of hair loss.
However, some people report hair loss when they take this medicine.
What is the best time to take this medicine?
Most doctors recommend that you take the medicine at a regular time everyday, if its morning, afternoon, evening or night.
Just take it the same time everyday.
What is the success rate of this drug?
Independent studies in the US and UK have shown that Epclusa has a very high rate of success/cure.
Anywhere between 9% to 100%.
How long after hep C treatment will I feel better?
Most of our patients feel much better after 2 weeks to 1 month after taking hepatitis C treatment.
Of course, this depends on the severity of hepatitis C in your system.
Some patients feel better after they finish treatment, some where between few weeks to a few months.
Does hep C make your hair fall out?
Hepatitis C can cause dark and light skin spots, blisters, bumps, itchiness and sometimes hair loss.
What if I miss a day of taking Epclusa?
Its okay, just take the Epclusa tablet within 18 hours of your normal schedule.
If its past 18 hours, do not take an Epclusa tablet.
Jus wait for your normal time to take it again.
Never take two Epclusa tablets at the same time.
How is Epclusa metabolized?
Epclusa is passed out through your urine, atleast 80% of it.
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 cost of Epclusa 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?
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.
Your articles helped me decide which medicine I should take, my insurance did not cover the cost of Mavyret. I realized there are other options than Mavyret to cure hepatitis C for my genotype. Thank you Melissa!
– Judy Hernandez Brinkley
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, why ?
Generic Epclusa is manufactured by Asegua Therapeutics a subsidiary of Gilead Sciences.
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.
Cost of Epclusa generic 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.
Gilead, the manufacturer of Epclusa states this cure all for all hep C genotypes is about 99%.
What is the difference between Harvoni and Epclusa?
Harvoni is ledipasvir 90mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.
Epclusa is velpatasvir 100mg and sofosbuvir 400mg.
Harvoni treats hepatitis C genotypes 1, 4, 5, or 6 infection with or without cirrhosis for chronic hepatitis C.
Now, Epclusa or its generic treats all hepatitis C genotypes.
Cost is less by several thousands of dollars.
Gilead Sciences priced it this way because of the competition; Mavyret from Abbvie Inc.
Is there a generic Harvoni?
Sofosbuvir velpatasvir (generic Epclusa) has been available in the US (2019) for $24,000 by Asegua Therapeutics, this is still a very unreasonable price.
Why so? Because the exact same medicine you can get for a lower price, read on.
Medicine should be affordable, especially for an infectious disease that is a public threat.
Does Medicare cover this drug?
As of now, it does not cover it, you can find out more at Medicare Part D.
How about Medicaid?
Its a toss up, only 44% of individuals in a government prescription drug plan actually get Epclusa.
Only 44% of prescription drug plans cover this drug.
Its a flip the coin scenario.
The folks that do get covered for Epclusa, is based on what coverage stage they are in.
The following lists show you the range. You want to be on the left side of the CoPay ranges below, where the prices are the lowest.
- Deductible CoPay Range $268 to $9600
- Post-Deductible CoPay Range $77 to $9600
- Donut Hole (Coverage Gap) $156 to $9600
- Post-Donut Hole (Catastrophic Coverage) $3 to $9600
If you want to know exactly where you stand, go to the Goodrx website here.
Your zipcode, choose what plan you have, you will get the exact cost of or generic equivalent (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir).
If the costs are too high you do have other options as you read on.
Its a bit more leg work, but you may get it at a much lower price or even FREE.
If the price is right and the hassles are less than $800, then you should definitely go with it.
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.
What is the cost?
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.
That’s just the way it is.
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.
You can visit the FDA India Office here or use the contact info below:
FDA India Office Contact:
Sarah McMullen, Ph.D., Director
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Office of Global Policy and Strategy
U.S. Embassy New Delhi
New Delhi, India
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