WHO organizes World Hepatitis Day on 28 July every year to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis. WHO (World Health Organization) is working in the following areas to support countries in moving towards achieving the global hepatitis goals under the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030:
1.raising awareness, promoting partnerships and mobilizing resources;
2. formulating evidence-based policy and data for action;
3. preventing transmission; and;
4. scaling up screening, care and treatment services.
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Incepta Pharmaceuticals launched the world’s first ever generic drug of Ledipasvir + Sofosbuvir tablet in Bangladesh market. In fact it is only generic drug of this combination available in world market. Since its launching it has generated huge interest throughout the world. Like previously launched Hopetavir (generic drug of Sofosbuvir), it was also launched at 99% discount price compared to innovator’s brand. Twinvir is mainly indicated for the treatment of Hepatitis C genotype 1/4/6 infection. With this treatment option there is no need of either Interferon or Ribavirin. One tablet once a day is sufficient for the treatment of Hepatitis C. Twinvir provides high cure rate, less daily tablet burden, less complicated treatment regimens and also more affordable to the patients.In addition to local market, Incepta hopes to launch this product to international market in near future.
On 03 February 2015, Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd launched the revolutionary oral drug Sofosbuvir for the treatment of Hepatitis C. It is the world’s first ever generic version of the drug Sofosbuvir and its brand name is Hopetavir. Incepta has beaten to the market a number of larger Indian competitors in the launching of generic Sofosbuvir tablet. Previously, treatment of Hepatitis C was limited to Interferon alfa only. It is an injectable drug and thus is associated with many limitations such low efficacy rate, patients incompliance, side effects, high costs etc. With the launching of Sofosbuvir these limitations have now been minimized to a great extant. Sofosbuvir tablet shows greater than 90% efficacy rate, being an oral drug patient compliance has improved and it is now more affordable treatment option. Incepta pharmaceuticals have launched this generic at almost 99% discount price of the innovator’s drug. Initially Incepta launched this drug in Bangladesh market. To date very few well controlled studies have been performed regarding the prevalence of hepatitis C in Bangladesh. In these studies 0.8-1% people of total population has been found to be carriers of hepatitis C virus. Globally more than 170 million people are infected with the fatal disease hepatitis C. In near future the company aims to sell the drug overseas, including parts of Southeast Asia and Africa. Bloomberg has reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) is considering reviewing Hopetavir under its prequalification program, which could make the drug available in countries where innovator brand lacks patent protection and to humanitarian groups such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).