Thousands of patients in England to get new hepatitis C drugsBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3222 (Published 12 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3222
- Zosia Kmietowicz
- 1The BMJ
NHS England has announced that 3500 patients with liver cirrhosis from chronic infection with hepatitis C will have access to new drugs every year after new annual investment of £190m (€260m; $290m) to manage the disease.1
Currently only about 3% of patients with hepatitis C in the United Kingdom achieve a cure from hepatitis C infection because of low treatment rates and the low effectiveness of the previously available drugs.
But the crop of new drugs has brought in a new optimism in curing the disease. …