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Cost Predictions for Gilead’s Next Hep C Treatment

There has been much criticism around Gilead’s hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi, which runs $84,000 per treatment. When we add in the cost of the other medications that must be taken in combination with Sovaldi, the total cost of treatment is around $95,000. Don’t expect...

Another Generic Medication Pricing “Gotcha”

As I described in a recent blog post (Peeking Behind the Curtain of Generic Medications), generic medications are not automatically less expensive than their brand equivalents. When a new generic drug is launched, there’s a period of exclusivity during which prices...

Peeking Behind the Curtain of Generic Medications

Typically, when brand name drug patents are expiring and generic equivalents are about to hit the market, those affected most rejoice! And why wouldn’t they? Logic suggests that prices will immediately drop, helping employees who are on these medications and their...

Do High-Cost Drugs Save Money in the Long Run?

What happens when employers are forced to choose between their earnings per share and the opportunity to cure employees facing serious illness via expensive medication? That’s a very real dilemma that may soon face companies, thanks to the tidal wave of expensive...