UK: NHS denies lifesaving drug to 5,000 patients it gave infected blood: Sofosbuvir has been approved by regulators but victims are STILL waiting for treatment

Thousands of patients who contracted a deadly disease through contaminated blood in the biggest scandal in NHS history are being denied a lifesaving drug.

About 7,500 victims are known to have been infected with hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s through imported blood products taken from high-risk donors such as prostitutes and prisoners.

A breakthrough drug called Sofosbuvir was approved in January by drugs regulator NICE and patients were told they would have to wait until April to get the ten-week course of tablets, which costs £45,000. 

But NHS England has decided on a further delay until August to ensure all patients have equal access to treatment.

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