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New drugs offer easier, more effective hepatitis C treatment

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April 24, 2014

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Aimee
June 23, 2014

I agree with your opinion, I am going try. As I search the internet, I am looking high quality websites that have useful information related to new drugs offer easier, more effective hepatitis C treatment.

askincindy
June 23, 2014

I have had Hep C for over 12 years and I was told that I have to do treatment.I am geno type 3a.Do you know if these new meds can help me?

Tom
June 20, 2014

Short and sweet, 1999 a liver transplant, hep C treatment, cleared the virus after 12 weeks, could not stay on the treatment for 1 yr. I lasted 6 mos. and the virus came back. I received my meds today. This time it will never come back
Tom

Maria
June 19, 2014

I have Hep C gen 2, however, I have anemia, hemoglobin
count today was 8.2, it’s been in the range of 7.9 and 8.2.
My question is, can Procrit be taken safely with Sovaldi .. will there be side affects. Thank you for your assistance.

Eric
June 19, 2014

The ridiculous thing that this article doesn’t tell you is that the cost for manufacturing the 8-12 week treatment is about $80-$120. Also in the first quarter that the drug was on the market it made over 2 billion dollars!! So really the only thing keeping it away from ervyone who needs it is greed!!!!

jerwin
June 11, 2014

nice

jerwin
June 11, 2014

nice topic

Larry Nortonen
June 10, 2014

Ok, what about the folks that have gone through the transplant cycle with a non-response to the peg interferon regime?

sharon
June 4, 2014

I get medicare and would like to know if they will pay for any of the two drugs Sofosbuvir 400mg QD or Simepravir 150mg QD. How can I get help for the payments.

Karen
June 18, 2014

Hi Sharon,
I am on Medicare/Healthnet and I couldn’t come up with the money. I went through Patient Access Network Foundation. If you qualify they pay for your whole treatment. There phone# is 866 -316 – 7263 Good Luck!

angela derooy
June 1, 2014

I have gained confidence in beginning treatment soon with the new drugs available and how to go about it. I just went and seen the doctor and he signed me up for the two latest drugs and I also have to hold down a job while taking treatment. Im in my 60’s and have had this disease for 10 years. Hope I don’t get to sick and can still work I sure will give it my all.

Priscilla Wong
May 29, 2014

I am a lupus patient with kidney failure & cardiac problem. I was transplanted in 1997 & now kidney function is quite stable. I was diagnosed with hep c during my 8 years of dialysis. Now there r signs of liver damage, enzyme has gone up. Doc wants to start me on new drug, sovaldi but can’t cos it will cause damage to my kidney & also due to my lupus condition. Another reason is that this drug is on trial in Singapore. I don’t qualify for it. Need advice ASAP. Tku.

Mark
June 6, 2014

I have one kidney. I am just finishing treatment with Sovaldi and experienced no kidney problems. The biggest problem is hypothyroidism, so it would be very challenging with your lupus. There will be a new drug in the fall that will not require the Interferon. which is the worst part of the treatment. When you would be able to get access to it is another issue.

Don2011
May 29, 2014

I am 35 weeks into 48 of the triple therapy treatment the virus was non detectable after 4 weeks I am geno type1 fingers crossed it stays gone.

Richard
May 29, 2014

I am a genotype1 and went thru the year’s worth of treatment, also with no viral count after a month. My biggest problem was acute anemia in the final 14 weeks which was treated with Procrit which seemed to help. I began treatment in April and almost made the full year but simply became too weak in February to continue. I was virus free for the next six months, but, it came back.
My best advice to you is to go the full term. My treatment at the time was Ribovarin and Interferon shots.
Best of luck to you. It was easy for the first 6 months, but went downhill steadily.

A Bailey
May 26, 2014

Go to the manufacturer website, they offer financial assistance. Our copay for Sovaldi went from $5000 to $5. The combination drug manufacturers offer the same assistance. Our first fill of the three drugs went from $10,283 to $5 for all three!!!

Lourdes La Nena Linda V
May 25, 2014

I was diagnosed with hep c in 2007. I have it checked every year through blood work. I’ve seen a specialist who has sent me for a biopsy but I never went through with it. I chickened out. I’ve never been treated. Reading about the side effects really scared me. My partner who also had hep c is now cleared after taking this new drug combination! I witnessed his treatment and he did good, even though he took it while drinking alcohol. So, I’m getting the courage to start this new treatment myself. Wish me luck!

david (georgia tbilisi help)
May 22, 2014

when will price of SOVALDI go down? god blass us! everybody is waiting for this drug…

Mark
June 6, 2014

Sovaldi has copay assistance if you have insurance.

david
May 22, 2014

When it sovaldi cheaper? 😐 😐 (God forbid! All this potion waiting…

harpreet
May 21, 2014

i have hep c since last 5 yrs. i belong to india when is new medicine comint to india

ginger
May 17, 2014

My ex husband is a chronic Alocoholic and has Hep C and was administered these drugs and is drinking Straight Vodka with them.. Can you please tell me what the outcome of this is going to be. Should he stop the meds immediately? Please help.

Richard
May 29, 2014

I went thru about 40 weeks of treatment and am an alcoholic as well. When I began the treatment, my liver was judged to be in the 3rd state of deterioation – 4th being cirrohsis. I quit drinking immediately prior to treatment and did not touch a drop (never wanted to at all during treatment as it did not seem to make any sense to devote all that time and energy towards wellness). After treatment I was virus free for about 6 months, but it came back. However, the biopsy post treatment revealed my liver was back to a #1 damage wise. I would recommend he discontinue drinking while taking this medication as his liver may become virus free, but not improved in damage wise. IMHO.

Mona Lisa
May 14, 2014

hi, happy to hear the great news treatment for hep-c solidi srry misspelling 12wks only but Im not reading anything about geno type5. please if thers a chance to start my life over..

chantel
April 30, 2014

Does anyone know if private insurance or medical card will cover the pice of treatment?

excess baggage shipping
April 30, 2014

Children should be tested for anti-HCV no sooner than age 18 months because anti-HCV from the mother might last until this age.

Carol Williams
April 30, 2014

I just started the treatment of Olysic with Sovaldi. I hope it works. I am in stage 4 Cirrhosis. I hope its not to late. I;ve been dealing whith Hep c since 2002. The old treatment did not do for me I had to stop it because it made so sick.

Mathew
April 29, 2014

Hep. C is a dangerous disease, and the cost is expensive. CDC made ​​the latest innovations in the treatment of hepatitis C, thanks for this information.

John Grey
April 28, 2014

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romeel
April 27, 2014

I have hec c from last ten years

romeel
April 27, 2014

I have hep c from last ten years nd so but i dont know which genotype and what i have to do

Richard Di Grazia
April 25, 2014

I had a liver treatment which lasted one year (2011). It utilized drugs boceprevir,
peginterferon-alfa, ribavirin and and epoetin alfa for side effect anemia. I relapsed
3 months after treatment.

Will any of the new Hep C medicines not be effective because of my prior failed treatment?

My health is good except for Hep C and liver cirrhosis. I am 75 years old.

Amanda green
April 24, 2014

I have had hep-c for about 8years,I’ve seen liver specialist from p.a to Baltimore MD, they all say the same thing that I have some sort of auto immune disease, they don’t tell me which one, but they have done 6 liver biopsy and they all say the same thing, that the only thing that’ll help me is a liver transplant, but they won’t do one because they say my autoimmune disease will kill the new liver just as quick, the only reason I ask is because I have 4 small kids, and I’m afraid of dying and leaving them behind: ( what should I do? You can call me my number is 2404699746 thank my name is Amanda

ozoocq
May 7, 2014

You must be your own advocate or have someone help you. You must ask if you are not told what the autoimmune disease is called. Ask for the information in writing. The healthcare professionals sometimes will communicate on a level that the average person would not understand, unless they were also in the healthcare field. You have certain rights as a patient…..feel free to say “I don’t know what that means” or “Please explain my options, what can I do now to improve my outcome”. Hope things work out for you. Also, you might try social services for some counseling or seek support from the hospital chaplain.

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dr.rasool
April 24, 2014

It is a great achievement.l hope.patients. in Pakistan may get benefit of. This drug. Combination. Here genotypes 3 aand 3b r more common.

Jean Paul
April 24, 2014

After 40 years with Hep C (Genotype 4), I had liver transplant in July 2011 and since 2000 I tried all Hep C traitement but no success to clear the virus. Last month , I start taking the Sovaldi and I am free of virus ( My insurance pays 30 000 dollars a month ). I have to continue taking for a total of 12 weeks.

ozoocq
May 7, 2014

Dear Jean Paul, if you don’t mind me asking….What type of insurance do you have ? Also, do you have a co-payment ? My spouse had a liver transplant, but the Hep C was affecting the new liver. So just for the sovaldi part, our co-pay is $3000.00 per month. The doctors added two more meds, but I don’t know the cost of those yet. Thankfully, he recently tested “No detectable virus”.

Sandy
April 24, 2014

I have recently lost a loved one who used injected drugs recreationally. He had hep C. He couldn’t have afforded this, but maybe it’ll help someone in the future.

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