Gilead sets price for coronavirus drug remdesivir at $2,340, sparking criticism

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30 June 2020 - The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge US$2,340 ($3,400) for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries.

Gilead Sciences announced the price on Monday for remdesivir, and said the price would be US$3,120 ($4,555) for patients with private insurance. The amount that patients pay out of pocket depends on insurance, income and other factors.

"We're in uncharted territory with pricing a new medicine, a novel medicine, in a pandemic," Gilead's chief executive, Dan O'Day, told The Associated Press.

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