Ottawa family blames 'red tape' for death of hep C patient.

A heartbreaking story that could happen here in Australia.  

An Ottawa woman died of complications from hepatitis C because she could not afford a lifesaving drug that the province does not yet cover, her family says.

Brenda Peever, 60, was hospitalized on Nov. 2 with late-stage liver cirrhosis and died two days later. She could not afford the newly approved drug, Sovaldi, which has a 90 per cent cure rate.

Health Canada approved Sovaldi in January, but it is not yet covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Peever's doctors had told her that she was a good candidate for the drug, which costs $654 per pill.

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