New Zealand: Cost keeps cure out of reach for those with Hepatitis C

Craig Hopkins, 52, nearly died from liver failure after contracting Hepatitis C virus (HCV) from an amateur tattoo. His new liver developed HCV but was finally cured after treatment with a new unsubsidised drug made available on compassionate grounds.

Now Hepatitis C free, the 52-year-old is calling for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) to be made available in New Zealand.

"I reckon it's really sad the drugs are not available. If they were, it would free up the operating tables and they wouldn't need to do so many liver transplants."

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