Pharmaceuticals http://www.kunc.org en New Hepatitis C Drug's Cost A Steep Climb For Colorado http://www.kunc.org/post/new-hepatitis-c-drugs-cost-steep-climb-colorado <p>Starting in June, Colorado’s Medicaid agency will cover a breakthrough hepatitis C drug on a case-by-case basis, while it decides who will qualify for the potentially life-saving drug, and who will not.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 58088 at http://www.kunc.org New Hepatitis C Drug's Cost A Steep Climb For Colorado Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit http://www.kunc.org/post/experimental-malaria-vaccine-blocks-bad-guys-exit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrNL27eWKOI</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Richard Harris 56844 at http://www.kunc.org Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends http://www.kunc.org/post/how-mouse-studies-lead-medical-research-down-dead-ends Most experimental drugs fail before they make it through all the tests required to figure out if they actually work and if they're safe. But some drugs get fairly far down that road, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, based on poorly conducted studies at the outset.<p>Medical researchers reviewing this sorry state of affairs say the drug-development process needs serious improvement.<p>Consider drugs that are being developed to treat <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis.html">ALS</a>, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Richard Harris 55264 at http://www.kunc.org How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends A Pill For Grass Allergies May Replace Shots For Some http://www.kunc.org/post/pill-grass-allergies-may-replace-shots-some Later this spring, allergy sufferers will have access to a new form of help: a pill that can replace allergy shots. But the pill works only for grass allergies, and it's not clear how much it's going to cost.<p>The Food and Drug Administration just <a href="http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm391458.htm">approved</a> Oralair, the first sublingual allergy immunotherapy tablet for use in the United States. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:25:00 +0000 55160 at http://www.kunc.org A Pill For Grass Allergies May Replace Shots For Some $1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices http://www.kunc.org/post/1000-pill-hepatitis-c-spurs-debate-over-drug-prices Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?<p>The drug <a href="http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/byaudience/forpatientadvocates/ucm377920.htm">Sovaldi</a> will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment will last 12 weeks and run $84,000, plus the cost of necessary companion drugs. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:22:00 +0000 Richard Knox 53122 at http://www.kunc.org