Patients have mixed feelings about hepatitis drugs

By Vickie Aldous
Mail Tribune

Posted Oct. 4, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Patients who have coped for years with hepatitis C have had mixed reactions to new drugs that can cure the disease, from elation about the treatment to shock about the price.

One Southern Oregon woman who asked not to be named said she went through a six-month course of older medication, but suffered side effects such as internal bleeding that required her to be hospitalized and given blood transfusions. The grueling treatment cleared her body of the virus, but three months later, the virus reemerged.

In March 2014, she started a three-month course of Sovaldi, a new medication which produced no side effects and wiped the virus from her body. The virus has not returned.

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