Fighting for access to new Hepatitis C treatment

Electron micrograph of Hepatitis C virus

Electron micrograph of Hepatitis C virus

New products for the treatment of Hepatitis C are beginning to become available. The new treatments offer the prospect of being treated for less time with a higher chance of success.  For many it will also be possible to avoid using Interferon which is associated with very unpleasant side affects.

We have to objectives for the new treatment.  We want to make sure that the new treatment options are available to everyone with Hepatitis C as a result of the contaminated blood disaster.  We also want to make sure that anyone who decides to use the new treatments has the information they need to make an informed decision.

To achieve this we have made representations and submissions to the Scottish Medicines Consortium to make the case for introducing the new treatments in Scotland.  We have raised the need to have access to the products at a meeting with Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and gone on to highlight the needs of people with bleeding disorders with Professor David Goldberg who is currently leading a group developing clinical guidelines. We also hope that we will be able to secure the funding to run an information event to let our members put their questions to the experts.

We hope to see the draft clinical guidelines soon and will keep you all up to date.  Meanwhile you can find out more about the treatments themselves on our Interferon-Free treatments for Hepatitis C page.

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