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Senator Asks Department Of Veteran Affairs To Break Patents On Hepatitis C Drugs


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Last week, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) urged Secretary Robert McDonald to use his authority as Secretary "to break the patents on Hepatitis C medications for the treatment of veterans suffering with the disease." Senator Sanders (at right) notes in the letter that as Chairman of the Senate Committee of Veterans' Affairs, he held a hearing in December 2014 regarding the impact of Hepatitis C drug pricing on veterans' access to treatment, and "raised concerns that the price of these new Hepatitis C drugs, specifically Sovaldi, which is manufactured by Gilead Sciences, even when discounted, would preclude veterans from accessing these life-changing drugs."

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/senator-asks-department-of-veteran-65854/

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