Access To HCV Therapies Decreasing Despite Pricing Reductions
Data presented by Trio Health covering about 15,000 US hepatitis C patients from 2014 to 2016 show that failure to start treatment increased from 8% to 29%. Denials of coverage by private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid are the main reason driving this trend, the data analysis firm contends.
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Sharply declining HCV sales, three upcoming patent expirations and a lack of near-term pipeline prospects other than HIV candidate bictegravir leave the specialty firm needing to spend some of its gigantic cash reserves on assets to revitalize its portfolio and/or stimulate the R&D engine.
A 22% decline in hepatitis C sales year-over-year was offset somewhat by a 17% uptick for the HIV franchise, but the virology powerhouse is guiding for continued HCV falloff in 2017.