Thanks to the FDA’s Priority Review program, hepatitis C medications are being approved at a faster rate! This program provides a fast-track review of medications that could that treat serious conditions like hepatitis C. New approvals over the past few years include Sovaldi, Harvoni, Viekira Pak, and we have another one to add to the list!
On July 18th, 2017, the FDA approved Vosevi, a new three drug combination medication for Hepatitis C. Vosevi is the first and only hepatitis C treatment specifically for patients who have tried advanced treatment and haven’t been cured.
What is Vosevi prescribed for?
Vosevi is a combination medication indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in adults, and is a second line treatment for all 6 types of hepatitis C genotypes.
It will be available as a combination tablet in the strength of 400 mg/100 mg/100 mg. The recommended dose is one tablet, every day with food, for twelve weeks.
What are the most common side effects associated with Vosevi?
Common side effects include headache, fatigue, diarrhea, and nausea. Be sure to speak with your doctor if you experience any of these side effects for a prolonged period of time.
Will Vosevi be a specialty medication?
Not sure. At this time there is no information stating that Vosevi will be considered a specialty medication; however, with all of the other Hepatitis C medications being specialty medications Vosevi will likely follow suit.
How much will Vosevi cost?
Gilead, the manufacturer, has not mentioned how much Vosevi will cost.
Epclusa, another hepatitis C medication manufactured by Gilead, is priced at $74,760 for a 12-week regimen. The cost of other 12-week hepatitis C medication regimens currently on the market such as Sovaldi and Harvoni cost $84,000 and $94,500 respectively. Therefore, it is expected that Vosevi will be priced right in line with the cost of these other treatments.
Gilead does offer a copay assistance program where eligible patients can pay as little as $5 per co-pay for Vosevi. To find out if you qualify, call 1-855-769-7284 to speak with a Vosevi Support Path specialist.