Sovaldi alone is not a recommended treatment. Also many more treatments have been approved since solvaldi was first approved.
You really need to see your doctor to find out your genotype to know which treatment is best for you. The most common genotype in the US is genotype 1 which can be very effectively treated by several of the new meds.
One of the meds is Harvoni which you may have seen commercials for on TV. It is a combo pill containing Sovaldi and ledipasvir.
A couple of other newer ones are Mavyret and Epclusa.
All hep c medicines are speciality drugs as there are no generic equivalents available. All these drugs are still relatively new. Sovaldi was only approved in December 2013
As far as coverage it varies very much based on your coverage what is in your pharmacy benifits manager formulary. You should give you insurance a call to find out what your specific benefits are.
My employer had Blue Cross Blue Shield with Express scripts as Pharmacy Benefits Manager. My copay was $30/refill non formulary. However, the makers of Harvoni offer a copay coupon so my costs per refill were $5.00.
Epclusa and Mavyret have similar programs. Google Harvoni copay coupon for more information.
I have no idea what your test was with a 2.7 scored do you know the name of the test?
If it was only the antibody test you may not have hep c. People who were exposed to hep c will have positive antibody test results but about 25% of people can beat hepatitis c without any treatment. If you were infected less than 6 months ago your doctor may want to wait to see if you are able to clear the virus.
To know if you are currently infected with the hep c virus you need the HCV RNA by PCR test. This is a test for the virus itself. If this test detects a viral load and it has been more than 6 months since you were exposed then you will need treatment.
My advice is to see your doctor to find out your genotype to know which is the best treatment for you and then take it from there. You will need to see a doctor anyway to get a prescription for Whicker medicine they recommend. Or even if you need treatment if you have not had the HCV RNA test.
Best of luck
Sovaldi required the use of ribavirin along with it it is not a solo treatment. Really I haven’t heard much about anyone being prescribed Sovaldi ribavirin since Harvoni was approved.
The copay coupon is used after your insurance approved your prescription tooff set your copay costs. There are restrictions to qualify for the coupon I suggest you look up Harvoni copay coupon or Epclusa copay coupon. I believe the restriction has to do with Medicare or something. But in general the coupon is no problem to get all you have to do is ask on the site once you are approved by your insurance. Check out Harvoni copay coupon for the details.
From the Harvoni copay coupon site:
“Eligible patients may pay no more than $5 per co-pay for HARVONI
We believe that cost should not be a barrier to receiving treatment. That’s why the makers of HARVONI offer a co-pay coupon. If you are eligible, you may pay no more than $5 per co-pay. Need a replacement coupon?
Please note the following:
You are not eligible if you are enrolled in a government healthcare prescription drug program such as Medicare Part D or Medicaid. This includes when you are in the Medicare Part D coverage gap known as the "donut hole."
The HARVONI Co-pay Coupon Program will cover the out-of-pocket costs of your HARVONI prescriptions up to a maximum of 25% of the catalog price of a 12-week regimen of HARVONI. See Terms and Conditions below.
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*Are you a current resident of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Virgin Islands?
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Co-pay Coupon Terms and Conditions
The HARVONI Co-pay Coupon Program will cover the out-of-pocket costs of your HARVONI prescriptions after you pay the first $5 per prescription fill, up to a maximum of 25% of the catalog price of a 12-week regimen of HARVONI. The offer is valid for 6 months from the time of first redemption.
The HARVONI co-pay coupon (“Coupon”) can be used only by eligible residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories at participating eligible retail, specialty, or mail-order pharmacies in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories. Product must originate in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories. You must be at least 18 years old to use the Coupon for yourself or a minor.
The Coupon is limited to one per person and is not transferable. No substitutions are permitted. The Coupon is only available with a valid prescription. The offer cannot be combined with any other coupon, free trial, discount, prescription savings card, or other offer. Patient may not be currently receiving free drug assistance through Gilead Sciences, Inc. (“Gilead”)'s patient assistance programs.
The Coupon is not insurance and is not intended to substitute for insurance.
The Coupon is valid only for patients with commercial insurance and is not valid for prescriptions that are eligible to be reimbursed:
in whole or part by Medicare, Medicaid or a Medicare Part D plan, TRICARE, VA, DOD, Puerto Rico Government Health Insurance Plan (“Healthcare Reform”), or any other state- or federally funded healthcare benefit program (collectively, “Government Programs”); or
by commercial plans or other health or pharmacy benefit programs that reimburse for the entire cost of prescription drugs.
Medicare Part D enrollees who are in the prescription drug coverage gap (the “donut hole”) are not eligible for the Coupon. Patients who begin receiving prescription benefits from such Government Programs at any time will no longer be eligible to use the Coupon. Void where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted.
Patient, pharmacist, and prescriber agree not to seek reimbursement for all or any part of the benefit received by the patient through the offer. Both patient and pharmacist are each individually responsible for reporting receipt of Coupon benefit to any insurer, health plan, or other third party who pays for or reimburses any part of the prescription filled using the Coupon, as required.
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HARVONI is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C (Hep C) genotype (GT) 1, 4, 5 or 6 infection with or without cirrhosis (compensated). In those with GT 1 and advanced cirrhosis (decompensated) or with GT 1 or 4 with or without cirrhosis (compensated) who have had a liver transplant, HARVONI is used with ribavirin.”
Harvoni along with Epclusa and Mavyret and a few other newer highly effective hep c medicines are available through many insurances the only way to know about your insurance coverage is either ask over the phone or go to your insurance information online and see what is in their approved formulary.
I think you should see your doctor and let them determine what testing needs to be done based on your history.
Likely that would be the HCV RNA if you are 6 months post exposure followed by a genome test along with CBC and liver panel..
Your doctor should help you through the process of getting treatment medicines.
Hi everyone , I contacted the manufacturer of Solvaldi in Bangladesh. I ordered it directly for under $2,000 US. I used my U.S. prescription. The risk is from customs in the U.S. your shipment may get red flagged. I had zero issues. The transaction was little strange overall but its the same stuff and worked. I used Beacon Pharma ,just send them an email and be patient. The problem I had is the first drug did not work. So insurance won't pay for the 2nd try. If you go the insurance route and it does not work your in a bad situation. Try my way and be patient. Once your cleared its all really fast.