Treating hepatitis C might come at a lower cost in the future.
I have written frequently about hepatitis C. First, during my former career in drug discovery research, I spent 10 futile, frustrating years working in this area. Second, the quarter-century campaign that led to a cure for the infection is unquestionably one of the most impressive accomplishments in the history of medicinal chemistry (1).
I have also written about the benefit of second- and third-generation drugs, which are dismissed as “me-too” drugs by know-nothing critics of the industry, such as Sidney Wolfe and Marcia Angell. Ignorant critics would have you believe that the fourth approved drug in a class is nothing more than a non-innovative cash cow for drug companies. They could hardly be more wrong.
It is now clear that patients benefit greatly when there are multiple choices of drugs for a particular ailment; not just medically, but also economically. There can be no better example of this than AbbVie’s Mavyret, the newest weapon in the already-impressive arsenal against hepatitis C—a pernicious virus that has infected 3 million people in the US and 170 million worldwide.
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