Canada: Hepatitis C treatments are 'history in the making' at a high cost

BillyBob McPherson lived on Ottawa’s streets as a young teenager before “running away with the carnival.” The 55-year-old doesn’t know exactly when during his colourful life he contracted hepatitis C — he thinks it might have been in Texas in the 1980s where he had surgery and blood transfusions while working as a carny.

But without treatment, he believes, the disease would have ended his life.

Today, he is disease free, a living testament to the wonders of new drugs developed to cure the liver disease with few or no side effects. But he is also an example of the painful realities of the new treatments.


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