- Thousands of victims were infected by hepatitis C through imported blood
- Breakthrough drug Sofosbuvir was approved by regulator NICE in January
- But NHS England is delaying treatment for patients until at least August
of patients who contracted a deadly disease through contaminated blood
in the biggest scandal in NHS history are being denied a lifesaving
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.
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.
Labels: access to treatment, NHS, tainted blood, UK