How long should you wait to treat a possibly fatal but curable disease? That's a question with major implications for millions of patients and for insurers and government programs that have to pay for the treatment.
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EDGEWOOD, Ky. - Zach Wayman says he first contracted hepatitis C several years ago by sharing needles with other heroin addicts. He went into rehab and was successfully treated for the virus. But he relapsed into addiction and reinfected himself, testing positive for hepatitis C again this spring.
Health insurers that have been reluctant to cover hepatitis C drugs with list prices of $1,000 a daily dose will face more pressure after a report concluding the medications are "cost-effective" given their benefits. The report, still in draft form, is by an influential panel of doctors and medical experts…
TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New cases of hepatitis C are drastically underreported to federal officials, researchers contend in a new study. And they suggested that may be hampering public health efforts to cope with the chronic infection that can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Thousands of people in England with a chronic form of liver disease are being denied access to life-saving drugs that are available to patients in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
SALT LAKE CITY - Researchers at Intermountain Medical Center said they found a cure for hepatitis C, a common virus. The hospital led the worldwide 12 to 24 week clinical trial, testing 660 patients, half of them from the U.S. Utah resident Gina Palmer-Douglas was part of the study.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that damages your liver over time. A chronic infection can lead to serious liver scarring called cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure, according to the American Liver Foundation (ALF). Hepatitis C treatment used to be a lengthy process that was not very effective.
While drugs to treat a viral hepatitis C infection of the liver are better now than ever, because of their cost, they remain out of reach for many. The new medications - Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), Olysio (simeprevir), Harvoni (a combination of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir), and Viekira Pak are highly effective.
When I was a kid I was terribly afraid of the dark. I still remember the feeling I had when I would walk down the basement stairs at my grandparents' house, or get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.