The price will be the same for all developed countries: 347 euros. This is the amount that the American pharmaceutical company Gilead Science will charge for each bottle of Remdesivir. Since, on average, treatments with the experimental drug have taken five days, during which each patient receives six vials, in total each patient treated should cost 2,082 euros.
The accounts were presented this Monday in a Letter published on the company website by Daniel O’Day, CEO of Gilead Sciences, who put an end to the “speculation” about how much each treatment will cost with the drug, for now the only one with positive results in the treatment of patients with Covid-19.
Recognizing that “there is no instruction manual for deciding the price of a new drug in a pandemic”, but ensuring that the pharmacist is aware of the “responsibility” at hand, O'Day explained how he came to this order of values and guaranteed although for developing countries the prices will be different. “In the developing world, where healthcare resources, infrastructure and the economy are so different, we have entered into agreements with generic manufacturers to ensure treatment at a substantially lower cost. These alternative solutions are designed to ensure that all countries in the world can provide access to treatment. ”
Taking the example of the United States (where the price of 347 euros, in fact, 390 dollars, will only be charged to the government health system, private insurers will be charged 463 euros per bottle), the CEO of Gilead Sciences explained that the price now revealed is low, taking into account the savings that Remdesivir treatment provides hospitals – approximately $ 12,000 (10,680 euros) for each patient sent home early, with discharge.
“We decided to set the price for Remdesivir well below this value. To ensure widespread and equitable access at a time of urgent global need, we set a price of $ 390 per bottle for governments in developed countries. Based on current treatment standards, the vast majority of patients are expected to receive a 5-day treatment using 6 bottles of Remdesivir, which equates to $ 2,340 per patient, ”said Daniel O’Day.