Canada: With hep C, no province is an island

Let the hepatitis C treatment wars begin.

Prince Edward Island has quietly announced that it will fund a costly new treatment for sufferers of the disease – an announcement with potentially dramatic public-policy repercussions.

For patients infected with hepatitis C virus, a potentially deadly liver disease, this is good news. The new antiviral treatments are the closest thing to miracle drugs that have come along in a long while – with a cure rate in the range of 95 to 97 per cent.


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