Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Drug protest hits Gilead


Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland
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About 50 activists from Oakland, San Francisco, and Davis converged on the Foster City headquarters of Gilead Sciences Friday, April 1, to protest high prices for Harvoni, the one-pill-a-day treatment for hepatitis C (HCV). In most cases, a 12-week course of taking Harvoni means the end of the hep C virus, but the drug costs $1,000 per pill, or about $84,000 for the treatment regimen. The Oasis Clinic in Oakland, which called for the Friday action, treats hep C patients, and officials pointed out that some insurers won't cover Harvoni because of the high cost. The demonstration was timed to coincide with a series of actions around the world called against Big Pharma by ACT UP. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 5.2 million Americans are infected with HCV.





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