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The Selection and Use of Essential Medicines 2023

30 Jul 2023

The WHO Expert Committee recommended the inclusion of ravidasvir on the core list of the EML as a therapeutic alternative under the square box listing for pangenotypic direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in adults. Ravidasvir is pangenotypic when used in combination with sofosbuvir. The recommendation was made based on evidence of effectiveness and safety, similar to that seen with other pangenotypic direct-acting antiviral regimens.

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CEO Dr.Sherine Helmy Live in Boma of Africa 2023

10 Jul 2023

Introducing our CEO, Dr. Sherine Helmy, who leads the highly acclaimed pharmaceutical company, proudly live in Boma of Africa for the year 2023.

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Forbes THE MIDDLE EAST'S Top 100 HealthCare Leaders 2023 Dr.Sherine Hassan Helmy

04 May 2023

Pharco is currently working on an African project, “A Billion Lives Matter” which aims to test and treat 90% of Hepatitis B and C patients in Africa by 2030. “To help humankind by creating new, high-quality products and have them available to the consumer at affordable prices,” says Dr. Sherine Hassan Helmy, CEO of Pharco Pharmaceuticals.For years Egypt had the highest number of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) cases in the world, but thanks to a national screening and treatment program launched by the Egyptian government in 2014, where Pharco Pharmaceuticals played its part by creating and producing affordable and effective direct-acting antivirals. And by 2020, Egypt had screened more than 60 million people for HCV and successfully treated over four million.

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After Egypt's success with the help of Pharco Pharmaceuticals - Celebrating milestones towards eradicating Hepatitis C worldwide

20 Jan 2021

On Sunday 27 December, the world celebrated pioneers of a long journey of eradicating Hepatitis C Virus (HCV): Michael Houghton, Harvey Alter, and Charles Rice were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.For a year marred by adversity and challenges in the field of health worldwide, 2020 ended on a rather optimistic note when it came to Hepatitis C eradication.

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PHARCO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. receives World Health Organization Prequalification for HCV Medicine Sofosbuvir Tablets

30 Mar 2019

PHARCO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced that on the 18th of December 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) granted prequalification for SOFOSBUVIR 400 mg Tablets, manufactured at its European Egyptian Pharmaceutical Industries (EEPI). On 11th of May 2018 this same factory had also been accredited by the WHO as a manufacturing facility.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Treatment for Hepatitis C will get a significant boost in the country with a drug to be produced locally

08 Mar 2019

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said the drug, ravidasvir, would be produced in a joint venture between Pharmaniaga (M) Bhd and Pharco Corp of Egypt.
Pharco chief executive officer Dr Sherine Helmy said the drug, which is used in combination with sofosbuvir in treating Hepatitis C, could be produced in Malaysia by the year-end or first quarter of next year.

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Ministers of military production, health confer on establishing factory for tumor medicines

17 Sep 2018

State Minister of Military Production Mohamed Saeed el Assar and Health Minister Hala Zayed conferred on a flurry of issues topped by establishing a factory for producing tumor medications

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PHARCO to launch a company to produce women's medicines, including birth control pills in October

17 Sep 2018

In line with Egypt's drive to confront population growth and boost family planning, PHARCO will launch a new company, specialized in the manufacturing of women's medicines, i.e. birth control pills and healthcare hormones for women of all ages.

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Curing hepatitis C at a fraction of the cost

24 Jul 2018

A new hepatitis C combination therapy has a 97% cure rate for patients and can be produced at a fraction of the cost of current treatments. Sally Turner finds out more about the potential impact of this highly effective, low-cost therapy.

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Suivez notre série L’hépatite C, la grande oubliée

22 Jul 2018

On estime à 19 millions le nombre de personnes infectées en Afrique. Des traitements existent, mais leur coût et l’inertie des gouvernements retardent la prise en charge des malades.

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Collaboration to provide affordable hepatitis C treatment in Latin America

03 Jun 2018

A new collaboration between pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations will manufacture

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$300 HCV combination reaches 97% cure rates in Malaysia, Thailand

13 Apr 2018

PARIS — Using a new medication and generic sofosbuvir, researchers reached 97% sustained virologic response in patients with hepatitis C both with and without cirrhosis; in this exclusive video from the International Liver Congress 2018, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) addresses the impact of this research.

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Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative

12 Apr 2018

Exclusive: 71 million people stand to benefit from reduced price treatment for virus which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and death.

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New affordable hepatitis C combination treatment shows 97 percent cure rate

12 Apr 2018

An affordable hepatitis C combination treatment including the new drug candidate ravidasvir has been shown to be safe and effective, with extremely high cure rates for patients, including hard-to-treat cases, according to interim results from the Phase II/III STORM-C-1 trial presented by the non-profit research and development organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) at the International Liver Conference in Paris.

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WTO, WHO, WIPO Symposium To Look At Innovative Technologies And UN SDGs

22 Jan 2018

Three major international organizations in Geneva dealing with health, trade and intellectual property rights will come together next month to look at how innovative technologies can help to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals related to health. [Note: this article has been updated.]

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Pharmaniaga, Pharco and DNDi sign agreement to provide affordable hepatitis C treatment in Malaysia

13 Nov 2017

A collaboration agreement with Pharco to manufacture and supply a new hepatitis C treatment regimen to be sold for US $300 in the public sector in Malaysia.

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Egypt wins acclaim for aggressive campaign against hepatitis C

09 Oct 2017

Egypt has the highest rate of hepatitis C in the world. Now the country has undertaken an aggressive campaign to stamp out the disease, both domestically and abroad.

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Tour n' Cure: Egypt launches medical tourism campaign to eradicate hepatitis C

09 Oct 2017

After launching an aggressive campaign to fight the debilitating hepatitis C virus domestically, Egypt launched a program to help the estimated 71 million people afflicted with the disease worldwide.

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Urgent action needed on Hepatitis C

31 Jul 2017

It’s not acceptable that 500,000 M’sians are infected with the disease but cannot afford treatment, when a total cure is available. WORLD Hepatitis Day fell on July 28. So it was timely that the alarming situation of Hepatitis C in Malaysia has been highlighted.

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800,000 Egyptians treated for hepatitis C since January 2016

10 May 2017

More than 800,000 Egyptians have been cured from hepatitis C since January 2016 and 2020 will not see this country with one single Hepatitis C patient.

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Pharco, MPP Ink Deal for Affordable HCV Therapy in High-Prevalence Countries

21 Apr 2017

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) inked a license and technology transfer agreement with Egyptian drug manufacturer Pharco Pharmaceuticals covering affordable supply of the late-clinical-stage pan-genotypic hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug ravidasvir (PPI-668) in certain low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with  high hepatitis prevalence, including Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, and Iran.

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Address to the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, Sixty-third Session

03 Oct 2016

The President of Egypt announced last week that Egypt today has no waiting list for patients requesting treatment and the focus is now on prevention and case detection.

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The curious case of generic Hep C drug sofosbuvir

16 May 2016

For more than a decade, an academic debate has raged among public health experts, the World Health Organsiation and governments on the capacity, cost effectiveness and the potential benefits of generic drug production in developing countries other than India and China.

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$300 vs. $80,000: Low-cost cure for hepatitis C in the works

18 Apr 2016

A non-profit group is working to develop an affordable treatment for hepatitis C that will cost less than US$300 per patient – a tiny fraction of the $80,000 price tag currently charged by big drug makers to treat the liver infection.

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Hepatitis C treatment for under $300 coming soon

13 Apr 2016

A hepatitis C treatment that costs less than $300 (£210) – a tiny fraction of the $80,000-plus price charged by major drugmakers – has been successfully tested in Egypt and is expected to be available within two years.

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Curing Hepatitis C, in an Experiment the Size of Egypt

15 Dec 2015

A new approach tested in Egypt could become the blueprint for providing cutting-edge medicines to the poor.

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Pharco Pharma reports 100% HCV-4 cure rate with Sovaldi/ravidasvir combo in late-stage study

16 Nov 2015

Pharco Pharma reports 100% HCV-4 cure rate with Sovaldi/ravidasvir combo in late-stage study.

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Naia Limited Raises $5.3 Million in Series A Financing Led By Pharco Pharmaceuticals

19 Oct 2015

RICHMOND, Calif., Oct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Naia Limited, an international drug development company with Subsidiaries developing innovative, clinical-stage compounds for short bowel syndrome (SBS), non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and Type 2 diabetes, today announced it has raised $5.3 million in a Series A financing led by existing investor and strategic partner, Pharco Pharmaceuticals. 

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Naia Limited, New International Drug Development Company, Launches with Experienced Executive Team and Licensing Agreements for Rare and Metabolic Diseases Assets

05 Jan 2015

GREENBRAE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Naia Limited (Naia), an international drug development company that employs an innovative global strategy to clinically advance drug candidates, today announced its formation

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