New research published by the CVS Health Research Institute showed a significant improvement in adherence to specialty medications for patients enrolled in a pilot study evaluating Specialty Connect, CVS Health’s specialty prescription services program. New patients enrolled in the pilot were 17.5 percent more likely to pick up their first refill and existing specialty patients […]

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved a new once-daily pill for the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus made by Merck & Co Inc, which said it will sell the drug at a lower list price than its competitors. The list price for Zepatier will be $54,600 for a 12-week regimen, which Merck said it expects “to be […]

Massachusetts’ attorney general is studying whether the prices of Gilead Sciences Inc’s blockbuster treatments for hepatitis C violate state law, according to a letter the prosecutor sent to the California drugmaker. The letter from Attorney General Maura Healey to Gilead Chief Executive Officer John Martin, dated January 22, asked the biotechnology company to reconsider its […]

With the 2015 record-breaking biopharma merger-and-acquisition period about to come to an end, analysts are tuning their crystal balls to 2016. So far this year—not quite done yet—there has been $667.5 billion in healthcare mergers and acquisitions, according to Dealogic. Next year is likely to continue a trend that started, or at least accelerated, last […]

More than half of the world’s population will live in countries where medicine use will exceed one dose per person per day by 2020, up from 31 percent in 2005, as the “medicine use gap” between developed and pharmerging markets narrows, according to research by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. – Pharmaceutical prognosticators predict Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) will remain a leader in providing therapies for hepatitis and HIV over the next decade, but also speculate the company will break ground in new treatment areas for oncology, respiratory and rheumatoid arthritis.   Contributors to The Motley Fool, an online investment news site, […]

A United Nations-backed organization working to cut the price of HIV drugs said it had signed a deal with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co to allow generic versions of the company’s hepatitis C drug to be sold in 112 low- and middle-income countries. The drug, Daklinza, is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. Hepatitis […]

(Reuters Health) – U.S. public health funding – which covers things like disease prevention, cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines – has been steadily falling in recent years and is expected to keep going down, a recent study projects. Real, inflation-adjusted public health expenditures surged from $39 per capita in 1960 to $281 per capita in […]

Global spending on medicines will reach $1.4 trillion in 2020, driven by increased healthcare access in emerging markets and high-priced new drugs for cancer and other diseases, according to a forecast by IMS Health released on Wednesday. That is up from about $1.07 trillion this year, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4 to […]

Merck Announces Presentation of Phase 3 Results of Investigational Elbasvir/Grazoprevir in People with Chronic Hepatitis C Genotypes 1, 4 or 6 Infection Who Inject Drugs and Are on Opioid Agonist Therapy – Results from C-EDGE CO-STAR Presented at The Liver Meeting® Show High Sustained Virologic Response After 12 Weeks of Treatment KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–   […]