KIRKLAND, QC, March 21, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Merck Canada Inc. today announced that ZEPATIER® (elbasvir/grazoprevir) will be listed among the drugs covered by Quebec’s health insurance board, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), as of March 22. Quebec joins other jurisdictions that have approved the product for reimbursement under their public healthcare plans for chronic hepatitis C patients presenting with recognized criteria. Zepatier is indicated for the treatment of chronic infection by genotypes 1, 3 or 4 of the hepatitis C virus in adults.1 The product monograph, including detailed product information and indication, is available online by clicking here.
“This announcement reflects the hepatitis C agreement between Merck and the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA). We are proud to contribute a solution in the fight against this disease, all the while helping reduce the cost pressure on the healthcare system,” says Chirfi Guindo, President and Managing Director of Merck Canada Inc.
Hepatitis C patients without significant hepatic fibrosis who present with certain comorbidities or specific conditions will be eligible for the treatment, including those who have chronic kidney disease, who are co-infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or the hepatitis B virus (HBV), who have undergone an organ transplant or who present with extrahepatic manifestations of the disease.
- If approved, G/P may provide a shorter, eight week, once-daily, ribavirin-free treatment option for the majority of HCV patients without cirrhosis
- AbbVie’s New Drug Submission is supported by data from its global registrational clinical development program across all major HCV genotypes and in patients with specific treatment challenges
MONTREAL , Feb. 1, 2017 /CNW/ – AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced it has submitted a New Drug Submission (NDS), and received priority review from Health Canada, for its investigational, pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir (ABT-493)/pibrentasvir (ABT-530) (G/P) for the treatment of all major chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes.
If approved, G/P may provide a shorter treatment duration for genotypes 1-6 (GT1-6) in patients without cirrhosis, who make up a large portion of HCV patients in Canada , and an additional treatment option to patients with compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A). G/P is also intended to address the unmet medical needs of patients with specific treatment challenges, including those with severe chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those not cured with previous direct acting antiviral (DAA) treatment.