More than 90% of people treated with new hepatitis C medications can be cured.
Sofosbuvir is one of a number of new direct-acting antiviral drugs revolutionising the care of people living with hepatitis C. Combinations of two or three hepatitis C virus direct-acting antiviral drugs taken for 8-24 weeks can cure more than 90% of people treated. However, this breakthrough in clinical medicine comes at a cost.
Globally, it is estimated more than 80 million people are infected with hepatitis C. Each year, 700,000 people die from complications of the disease. In Australia, an estimated 230,000 people are living with chronic hepatitis C.
Complications of hepatitis C include cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Ensuring broad access to these ground-breaking therapies, including sofosbuvir, is vital to reduce liver deaths and prevent new infections.
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