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Can the ACA Solve Staggering Prescription Drug Prices?
California Healthline

Last December, FDA approved the hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi, giving it a coveted breakthrough therapy designation that allowed its maker, Gilead Sciences, to fast-track its approval.

Observers hailed the drug as a “game changer” because it combined a high cure rate with a 12-week regimen, far shorter than other treatments. For many of the estimated 3.2 million U.S. residents with chronic hepatitis C, relief from the disease’s highly elevated risk of long-term effects — such as liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer — was now just 84 days away.