New drug for hepatitis C ‘Sovaldi’ to be available by July
Negotiating Group who providing the drug "C virus" - YOUM7
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: “Solvadi”, a new drug formulated to combat hepatitis C, is expected to be released in Egypt starting in July, following registration with the Central Administration of Pharmacist Affairs, said member of the National Committee for Combating Hepatitis C Gamal Essmat on Wednesday.

Essmat told Youm7 that they agreed with Gilead, the company that will produce Sovaldi, to prepare 600,000 doses for an estimated 300,000 patients in Egypt during three stages this year.

The Ministry of Health and the company have officially signed an agreement to provide the new drug for a price 99 percent cheaper than the price on the international market, Essmat added.

On March 12, Minister of Health Adel Adawy declared in a statement that the negotiations between the ministry and the American company were successful and Egypt will obtain the drug for only 1 percent of its price internationally, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Adawy said the price of a one-month prescription in Egypt will cost $300 while in the U.S. it costs $28,000 a month. The full course will cost $13,000 instead of the $168,000 it costs in the U.S.

It is expected that the company will allocate the production line to the Ministry of Health to produce and regulate the product.

The high price of the drug produced by Gilead has sparked anger among people in different countries, according to Reuters.

Former Minister of Health Maha Rabat headed Egypt’s delegation in meetings with the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO), where they discussed the price of the drug, Egypt representative to the United Nations in Geneva Walid Mahmoud Abdel Nasser said in a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement last February.

Rabat held meetings with the heads of the executive board member countries, senior officials in the WHO and representatives of the International Alliance against Viral Hepatitis Diseases, Doctors without Borders and the Organization of Patents for Medicines.

According to Nasser, they agreed to support making hepatitis c a top priority and to intensify efforts to provide the required medicine at “affordable prices”.

According to Reuters, Gilead said on March 22 that it was “pleased to have finalized an agreement” to provide the cure to Egypt, one of the countries with the highest rate of hepatitis C patients.

Gregg Alton, the head of corporate and medical affairs at Gilead, said in a statement that “We believe Sovaldi could have a major impact on public health in Egypt by significantly increasing the number of people who can be cured of hepatitis C,” according to Reuters.

Additionally reporting by Dana al-Hadedy.

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Comments

  1. mohamed.gumie
    May 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Is the drug will be available in private clinics and egyptian private hospitals also,

  2. Hector Ramirez
    June 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    If I go to Egypt Can I Buy Sovaldi in pharmacies at Egypt?

  3. Elizabeth Hodges
    June 17, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Can I go to Egypt and get sovaldi?

    • stuart cohen
      August 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Juat see your question I all so have hep C had it 32 years, did any one get back to you ?….really would like some help if possible please email me any advice tks Stuart

  4. Gomez huges
    June 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Humm.I am an Africa and a student in china now, Just be tested of hepatitisC ,OOH how can i get the medicine to buy. can i buy from Egypt?

  5. Gomez huges
    June 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Doctor please i need your direction so that i can come to the hospital there, i am suffering too much

  6. Roche
    July 1, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I do not see any response to comments/questions. If you are unable to reply perhaps redirect them to where they can be?

  7. Ankur Sethi
    August 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Can i get that medicine in india from egypt? if yes from where and how? if No then what is solution. Please reply… please please please… My father need it.. please reply..

    • Kate Rankin
      August 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      The Cairo Post is unable to give any medical advice or referrals. We realize there is high interest in this new potential treatment, however any questions regarding suitable courses of treatment should be posed to a medical professional.

  8. Farhod
    September 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    It says released starting in July does it already released?
    Can foreigners have treatment in Egypt for the same price?
    In which hospital would it be available please reply.

    • Kate Rankin
      September 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you for your comment. The Cairo Post is unable to give any medical advice or referrals. We realize there is high interest in this new potential treatment, however any questions regarding suitable courses of treatment should be posed to a medical professional.

  9. william
    September 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

    It is slim hope for foreigners to buy sovaldi in egypt. Check this link http://thecairopost.com/news/124832/news/new-website-for-hep-c-patients-to-receive-solvadi-treatment

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