On July 11, 2014, the United States Senate Committee on Finance investigated Sovaldi’s high price ($1,000 per pill; $84,000 for the full 12-week regimen). Senators questioned the extent to which the market was operating ‘efficiently and rationally’, and committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and ranking minority member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote to CEO John C. Martin asking Gilead to justify the price for this drug. The committee hearings did not result in new law, but in 2014 and 2015, due to negotiated and mandated discounts, Sovaldi was sold well below the list price. For poorer countries, Gilead licensed multiple companies to produce generic versions of Sovaldi; in India, a pill’s price was as low as $4.29.
The former head of Gilead is a billionaire today.