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Why $1,000 a pill? Our view
USA Today

In the good-news/bad-news world of blockbuster drugs, the latest is the launch of Sovaldi, a drug to treat hepatitis C. Sovaldi comes with a cure rate as high as 90% for a disease that afflicts 3 million people in the United States, and with fewer complications than previous treatments.

But it also comes with a scary side effect: a price of $1,000 a pill. Because the pills must be taken once a day for 12 weeks, the cost of treatment comes to $84,000, plus thousands more for other drugs included in the protocol. Even with a generous insurance policy, a patient would likely pony up more than $20,000.