Affordable Hepatitis C Medicine Can Cut Number of New Infections
July 28, 2014
Financial Times: Global push can bring remedies within reach of all who need them
"We are witnessing a remarkable transformation in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). Intensive research is beginning to yield a number of new 'direct-acting antiviral' medicines that have shortened and simplified treatment of HCV and produced high cure rates. This offers a real possibility that we can dramatically reduce the numbers of people who die each year from liver cancer and cirrhosis because of HCV infection. ... An estimated 500,000-700,000 people die each year from liver cancer and cirrhosis caused by HCV. The new treatments provide a remarkable opportunity to cut the number significantly and prevent new infections. This can only be realized if there is a global effort to make the medicines affordable and to invest in health care services in order that the medicines can reach those who need them" (7/27).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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