Ridiculous Drug Prices Strike Again...

Our friends at Fierce Pharma report, "The deal follows several years of wrangling between Express Scripts and Gilead, which began when Gilead won FDA approval for its breakthrough hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi, first in a new-and-greatly-improved generation of meds. Gilead set an $84,000 list price on that drug—much publicized as $1,000 per pill"...

This is outrageous. Unless this pill is going to stop us from aging nobody should pay that amount for a pill. Hepatitis C is a serious issue's and there is thousands of people suffering from it. If this was the only option for Hepatitis C then it would be a different story. However there is a pill that is approximately $1.00 a day. That's about $365 dollars a year. That does not include the doctors visit, but the Lodonal is usually less than that total. Lodonal works by regulating a persons immune system and is beneficial for people who are suffering from hepatitis C. 

"For my Hepatitis C, I was able to go to Las Cruces, New Mexico to see Dr. Berkson in early 2009. He prescribed 3mg of Low Dose Naltrexone, or Lodonal (LDN) as it is commonly known, to be taken at night-time. Aside from initial sleep disturbance, I had no discomfort or other side effects when I began using it.

My first lab work done after being on LDN for 3 months was amazing! My liver enzymes had dropped down to normal, and my viral load had dropped from over a million to less than 50,000!

My integrative doctorwas very impressed with the results, but my gastroenterologist was less than supportive. I faxed him my liver enzyme test results and requested that his office run a Hepatitis C Viral Load test, and he flatly refused. He said the LDN was not supposed to affect one's viral load, and he would not order the test. I have since faxed him my viral load test results and have never heard back from him. It is now June 2010, and my most recent labs (May 2010) also had very good results - normal liver enzymes and a very low viral load at 11,300. My integrative doctor is very willing to order these tests and has since prescribed LDN to many of her patients. "