Biotech Miracle Drugs Raise The Literal Cost Of Living Beyond Medicaid's ReachA newly-approved drug being hailed as a major advance in treatment of cystic fibrosis comes with a punishing price tag: about $710 per patient per day.
Gilead Sciences Doubles Its Profit To $12.1 Billion On Strength Of $1,000 Per Pill Hepatitis DrugA Bay Area pharmaceutical firm is among other top drug makers facing scrutiny over enormous profits, the price charged for drugs, and how much the company spends on marketing versus research and development.
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener Goes Public About His Use Of HIV Prevention DrugIn what some HIV experts calling a courageous move, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has gone public with news that he's taking the HIV prevention drug Truvada, saying the idea is to raise awareness that this treatment could save lives.
Oregon, Illinois Medicaid Programs Place Tight Restrictions On Gilead $1,000-Per-Pill Hepatitis C Drug SovaldiAn Oregon Medicaid committee is expected Thursday to significantly scale back access to an effective—but expensive—new drug used to treat hepatitis C, the second state to retrict access to the drug in two days.
Foster City-Based Gilead's Breakthrough Hepatitis Drug Costs $1,000 Per Pill Doctors are calling a newly-approved drug a “ revolution” in treating the most common blood-borne infection in the United States. But patient advocates warn how those who need it may not be able to afford it; and noisy protests from Paris to San Francisco are trying to drive the displeasure over the price into the open.
FDA Rejects 2 HIV Drugs From Gilead SciencesGilead Sciences said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration rejected two marketing applications for HIV treatments, citing quality control problems at the Foster Citry company's manufacturing facilities.
SF Ballot Measure Sought To Fight Pricing Of New AIDS DrugThe AIDS Healthcare Foundation is spearheading a ballot measure in San Francisco to combat what it calls “predatory pricing” of a new AIDS drug.
FDA Approves Foster City Company's Pill To Help Prevent HIV The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, a milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS.
UC Scientists Testing HIV Prevention PillThe UC-based California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) has awarded grants totaling $11.8 million to see if a current HIV drug can be used to prevent the onset of the virus.