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  • johnmbeek johnmbeek Mar 11, 2014 8:30 PM Flag

    Sovaldi too expensive??

    Just ask Cynthia Lynn -- the actress who played Helga on "Hogan's Heroes. Oops, you can't, she just died Monday night from hepatitis that she just found out she had the Friday before.

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    • rosettawest Mar 12, 2014 11:04 AM Flag

      The recent cost assessments by insurance-backed panels are full of disgusting distortions. The California panel actually tried to compare the cost of HIV treatments and Hep C treatments on a pill-by-bill basis - "Look how much more expensive the Hep C pills are!" But HIV patients need to take their pills for the rest of their life - the Hep C treatments last 8 to 12 weeks. Such a comparison is so incredibly dumb that it would be funny, except that it's not a mistake, it's a blatant distortion concocted in order to deny people treatment.
      The same California panel tried to suggest that treatments would commonly need to be repeated, thus doubling the cost - another absolute lie, since relapses are extremely rare. Then they got to the meat of the matter, suggesting that only patients with cirrhosis receive Sovaldi and the other new drugs. This is outright barbaric cruelty - and they have the nerve to accuse Gilead of greed. I hope every person on that panel dies of liver failure. Seriously.

    • at the rate of the prescription, obviously it is not too expensive...people or insurance are willing to pay for it. its the best available on the market to treat hep c. all the talk about price tag is hot air right now.

    • Hepatitis doesn't kill you in one week unless you've ignored checkups and symptoms for a very long time. She probably died WITH hepatitis rather than FROM hepatitis.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • fishart4 Mar 12, 2014 5:54 AM Flag

      What is your point ... she could not afford Sovaldi and died OR people will pay any price to save their lives?

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