Canada: B.C Parmacare to cover Sovaldi and Harvoni

Sovaldi and Harvoni now covered by Pharmacare in BC

VICTORIA – British Columbia is providing public drug plan coverage of two new, often curative, hepatitis C drugs effective March 24, 2015, announced Minister of Health Terry Lake today.

People with hepatitis C will be able to apply tomorrow for coverage under B.C.’s PharmaCare program of Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir). These new medications cure about 90% or more of people treated; are easier to take; involve a much shorter course of treatment; and have fewer side effects than older drugs.

“These two new drugs can utterly change the lives of people with hepatitis C for the better,” said B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake. “These drugs represent a significant advance in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, and more British Columbians affected by this virus now have significantly better odds of becoming free of the disease.”