1,400 British Columbians have been treated for hepatitis C in the first
four months since new anti-viral medications were covered by the
province’s public drug plan — far above predictions.
The Ministry of Health expected 1,500 patients in the first full year for the pill-based medication.
Mel Krajden, medical head of hepatitis at the B.C. Centre for Disease
Control, says the numbers reflect pent-up demand from patients seeking
the latest treatments.
“A lot of people who are infected follow
the literature on these drugs and they were waiting for the newer ones.
It’s a whole group of people who realized these medications are more
effective, better tolerated with fewer side effects and work over a
shorter period of time,” Krajden said at a World Hepatitis Day event
Tuesday in Vancouver.
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