Ireland: Hepatitis C drug to be made available

Leo Varadkar: plans to start use of new drug if a price is agreed with its manufacturers.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is to make available potentially life-saving treatments for hepatitis C – provided agreement on price can be reached with the manufacturers.

Mr Varadkar said he wanted to see treatments made available for patients with immediate clinical need due to liver failure or other conditions “in a matter of weeks rather than months”.

He plans to bring a memo to Cabinet in the near future proposing that hepatitis C patients most at risk of fatal conditions be given access to the new range of anti-viral drugs, which have been described as “cures” for the disease.

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