Diplomat to Dispense ZEPATIER™ to Treat Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus
FLINT, Mich. – Feb. 16, 2016 – The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy has been selected to dispense ZEPATIER™ to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C infection with genotypes 1 and 4.
Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is now filling prescriptions for ZEPATIER™ (elbasvir and grazoprevir), with or without ribavirin, to treat adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 or genotype 4 infection.
To learn more about Diplomat’s hepatitis program, click here.
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver, which can lead to diminished liver function or liver failure. Some individuals with chronic hepatitis C infection 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, approximately 3.5 million Americans are infected with HCV, of which genotype 1 is the most common and genotype 4 is one of the least common.
It is estimated that less than one in five patients with chronic HCV infection are currently treated, with thousands of new cases each week. Unlike many other serious or chronic diseases, hepatitis C can be cured.
“We are excited to offer a therapy for patients with hepatitis C virus infection,” said Gary Kadlec, Diplomat president. “Offering a highly effective option for a broad range of adult patients with chronic HCV genotype 1 or genotype 4 infection is a step forward in assisting our patients who otherwise would not receive treatment.”
ZEPATIER™ is distributed by Merck. Click here for complete ZEPATIER™ prescribing information.
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Diplomat (NYSE: DPLO) serves patients and physicians in all 50 states. Headquartered in Flint, Michigan, the company focuses on medication management programs for people with complex chronic diseases, including oncology, immunology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, specialized infusion therapy and many other serious or long-term conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: “Take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place.” Today, that tradition continues—always focused on improving patient care and clinical adherence. For more information visit www.diplomat.is. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and like us on Facebook.
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