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Hepatitis C carriers must be found and treated to avert crisis

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1031
  1. Paul Stephenson
  1. London

    Considerable extra resources to improve detection and treatment rates for hepatitis C are urgently needed to avoid a public health crisis that could overwhelm liver units, says new guidance from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

    It calls for high priority to be given to finding cases among former injecting drug users, for the development of new, community based and specialist nurse led services, and for broader access to treatment.

    The guidance also says it is no longer essential to carry out a liver biopsy to determine the selection of …

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