Australia: 'Like night and day' – calls for federal government to approve new Hep C drugs

Advocates in Canberra have called on the government to urgently subsidise new, advanced treatments for hepatitis C, saying each month they delay about 50 people die from the condition.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recommended on April 24 that three new antiviral medications, designed to treat hepatitis C, be considered for addition to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy manager Sione Crawford, who lives with hepatitis C, said the difference between the new and old drugs was like "night and day".


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