CAIRO: Imported Hepatitis C medication Harvoni is available for 5,500 EGP ($619) at pharmacies; Youm7 quoted Saturday Waheed Dous, the head of the National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH.)
Dous said that the drug will also be available at liver treatment centers for 3,050 EGP for patients who wish to buy it at their own expense.
He noted that around 20,000 bottles of Harvoni are expected enter the market soon.
The Ministry of Health has announced new reduced prices for locally-produced hepatitis C treatments at liver treatment and health insurance centers; Sovaldi will cost 449 EGP ($50) per bottle and Daklinza will cost 60 EGP per bottle.
One out of 10 of Egypt’s population aged 15-59 is infected with the liver disease, according to the World Health Organization; the government has embarked on a vigorous campaign to put an end to this high prevalence in 2014.
The campaign has successfully increased the number of liver treatment centers across the country, subsidized regimens, and started producing several liver-related drugs to further reduce their prices.
The Ministry of Health previously announced that the treatment regimens of 300,000 hepatitis C patients are expected to be completes by June 2016, and that around 180,000 have been cured so far across nationwide.
The government hopes to cure some 500,000 patients in 2016 using domestically produced regimens.