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Argentina signs Hepatitis C agreement

The Argentine health ministry today signed a u$s 5.4 million contract for the direct purchase of Hepatitis C treatments Sovaldi and Probirase.

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The Argentine health ministry today signed a 72 million pesos ($5.4 million) contract for the direct purchase of Hepatitis C treatments Sovaldi and Probirase.

The agreement was signed today by health minister Jorge LemusSee document. 

Richmond will earn 20.9 million pesos ($1.5 million), and Gador, 51 million ($3.8 million).

Argentine firms Richmond and Gador, which maintains a historic alliance with biotech firm Gilead, will sell the state Probirase and Sovaldi respectively. Both drugs are based on sofosbuvir.

The news disproves information published in The New York Times recently stating that Gilead had included Argentina and Brazil in its “Access Program”. See article.

Gador general manager Luis Rodríguez told Pharmabiz this news was untrue: (Argentina) does not form part of the Access Program, as claimed by The New York Times. The newspaper published incorrect information about Argentina.

The New York Times article, headlined “Curing Hepatitis C, in an Experiment the size of the Egypt”, which was repeated by Argentine newspaper Clarín, reviewed biotech strategies used to combat hepatitis C in Egypt. See Spanish article.

Products approved for the treatment of hepatitis C in Argentina currently are Olysio, from JanssenVictrelis, from MSDSovaldi, from Gilead, its generic Probirase, from Richmond, and Viekira Pak, from biotech firm Abbvie.

$1 = 13 Argentine pesos

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