Nearly all 250 sufferers expected to recover after treatment costing up to €55,000 each
Some 250 seriously ill patients with hepatitis C are
to begin receiving a life-saving new treatment after a six-month delay
caused by bureaucratic red tape.
The first group of patients with advanced liver
disease who have been approved will be treated at one of 10 centres
across the State in the coming weeks. Virtually all are expected to be
“cured” of the disease following a 12-week programme, which is costing
between €45,000 and €55,000 per patient.
Last month, doctors warned that patients were dying
because of the failure of the Government to roll out a national
treatment programme, even after negotiations with drug companies had
ended. Other patients were paying privately for the treatment because of
the absence of State support.
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