Egypt negotiates importing hepatitis C drug Harvoni at lower price
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CAIRO: The government is negotiating importing Harvoni, a U.S. hepatitis C treatment produced by Gilead Science, at a reduced price, Ministry of health spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar announced Monday.

“We are currently negotiating with the U.S. company to order a batch of the medicine, which costs $400 per bottle; however, we are trying to have it at a lower price,” Abdel Ghaffar said in Press statements.

In September 2014, Egypt imported 225,000 bottles of Sovaldi, another hepatitis C treatment also manufactured by Gilead Science, and a similar amount in March 2015.

The sticker price for the Sovaldi is approximately $1,000 per pill in the U.S. market, with a 12-week course of treatment amounting to $84,000 according to Forbes magazine. However, the manufacturer has provided the medication to Egypt at a 99 percent discount, with Cairo subsidizing much of the remaining cost to provide treatment to its citizens.

In an effort to further reduce the price of the medication, Egypt-based Pharmed Healthcare will inject 500,000 bottles of locally-made Sovaldi in June, Youm7 reported.

Egypt has the highest rate of hepatitis C infection in the world, according to the United Nations Population Fund; 14.7 percent of the population aged 15-49 have tested positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Health has said it treated 150,000 patients last year, and that it plans to treat 250,000 to 300,000 patients in 2015.

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  1. Robert D. Allison, MD, MPH
    May 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    The current standard of care should also include sofosbuvir 400mg plus semeprevir 150mg once daily.

    • Elier Suarez
      December 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      At the moment this is a hot topic. Could you please explain?

  2. Robert D. Allison, MD, MPH
    May 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    However, the article does not mention local production or availability of simeprevir so it is unclear how the locally injected supply of simepravir will be used.

  3. Robert D. Allison, MD, MPH
    May 25, 2015 at 10:22 am

    The article does not mention local production or availability of simeprevir so it is unclear how the locally injected supply of simepravir will be used.

  4. Robert D. Allison, MD, MPH
    May 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Correction, for genotype 4, the most common in Egypt, sofosbuvir should be given with ribavirin (not with simeprevir). Sofosbuvir plus simepravir is the standard for genotypes ia and 1b only.

  5. Andrea Quarello
    June 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I have a friend in Marocco with hepatitis C type 1 subtype 1b. He has a medical prescription for a treatment with Harvoni 1 tablet every day for 3 months. Could he come to Egypt to buy the drug?

    • Aprila
      June 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Andrea Quarello – did you find somebody?

  6. john
    June 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hi I have genotype 4 and insurance in the US seldom covers this type. I earn a good salary but this drug is far too expensive for me to purchase. Can I go to Egypt and bring it back? John

  7. raafat
    September 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    when it is available in Egypt anybody can get with a prescription usually.

  8. raafat
    September 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    but i’m not sure yet if the generic Harvoni is available now in the market in Egypt or not yet,some friends confirm that it is already there?please if any one can confirm that.thanks a lot.

  9. Ana
    December 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I am taking Harvoni for my mother she’s suffering Hep C with F4 and found it at a nice price,around 1600 for 12 weeks but depends of genotype. My email: pia164@yahoo.com

  10. Akram Adrinish
    March 23, 2016 at 5:36 am

    i am looking for Harvoni pretty urgent in Libya

    • mohamed hassan
      April 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      i have harvoni if u need it

  11. mohamed hassan
    April 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    @akram adrinish i have harvoni if u need it

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