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24/03/2016

New cure within reach for Territorians with hepatitis C

The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council Inc. (NTAHC) today welcomed a recommendation to subsidise a new form of antiviral medicine on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (genotype X). 
In welcoming the news, Executive Director of NTAHC, Kim Gates said: “This is a great step forward in for hepatitis C treatment in Australia”.
“We are hopeful that the recommendation will be accepted by the Federal Government and that a PBS listing date will be announced shortly. There are many people in the Northern Territory who are anxiously waiting on access to new and improved therapy,” she said.
More than 230,000 Australians are currently living with hepatitis C, yet only one per cent of these people receive treatment each year. More than 600 Australian lives are lost annually to hepatitis C-related liver disease.
“Many countries overseas already cover the cost of new generation hepatitis C therapies and it is promising to see Australia catching up,” Ms Gates said.
“It’s important that this recommendation is acted upon and that bureaucratic red tape does not stand between people with hepatitis C and this important therapy.”
These new forms of antiviral medicine provide a higher cure-rate, shorter duration of treatment and are better tolerated than traditional therapies.
NTAHC will continue to advocate for affordable access to interferon-free therapies for people living with all genotypes of hepatitis C.
Media Contact: Kim Gates, Executive Director – NTAHC on 0488 663 441

 

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