FLINT, Mich., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it will be dispensing EPCLUSA® (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) for the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. EPCLUSA® is a once-daily fixed-dose combination of the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, approved as Sovaldi® in December 2013, and velpatasvir, an investigational pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor, for the treatment of HCV genotypes 1-6.
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"HCV is a serious condition that can change a person's life," said Gary Kadlec, Diplomat president. "We are excited to offer patients the first effective treatment option for all six genotypes of HCV."
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver, which can lead to diminished liver function or liver failure. Some people with chronic HCV may develop cirrhosis, in which liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2.7 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C. Up to 75 percent of these individuals might not know they are infected. The CDC recommends everyone born between 1945 and 1965, as well as those with risk factors, be tested for HCV.
EPCLUSA® is manufactured by Gilead Sciences, Inc. Please see full prescribing information for EPCLUSA® at www.gilead.com.
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