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Gilead reports $5.8 billion in sales of hepatitis C drug

Gilead reports $5.8 billion in sales of hepatitis C drug

Amid concerns over the high cost of its new treatment for hepatitis C, drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. reported $5.8 billion in sales for its blockbuster Sovaldi drug in the first half of 2014.

The successful product launch boosted Gilead's second-quarter results released Wednesday, but the drug's price tag of $1,000 per pill continues to upset lawmakers, health insurers and state Medicaid programs worried about the negative effect on healthcare costs.

The San Francisco-area company said Wednesday that about 70,000 U.S. patients have been prescribed Sovaldi since it launched in December. A 12-week course of treatment costs about $84,000.

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