March 21 The head of WellPoint Inc's
commercial business said on Friday that the price of new
hepatitis c drugs, which are made by Gilead Sciences Inc
and Johnson and Johnson, are too high.
Ken Goulet, speaking to investors, said the company is
working with regulators and drug manufacturers to bring these
prices down to a "reasonable" level.
He said that as of mid-February the company had filled 100
prescriptions for commercial members.
On the Medicaid side of the business, WellPoint said that it
is working with states on trying to determine how to proceed
with either figuring out a managed care cost for the drug or
excluding the drug from the managed care plans.
(Reporting by Caroline Humer, Editing by Franklin Paul)