A new Canadian study, worked on by B.C. researchers, says baby boomers living a sex and drug lifestyle in the 1960s aren't to blame for hepatitis C infections in their demographic. In fact, the research suggests all baby boomers should be tested for the hep C virus because widespread hospital practices predating the 1950's likely led to many accidental transmissions.Read More
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There is a realistic chance hepatitis C will be eliminated within a few years due to new public subsidies of powerful drugs, some of Australia's top health experts say. Strong new drugs have been publicly subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme since March 1, leading experts to think hepatitis C could be wiped out within years.Read More
'Hepatitis Australia is aware that system issues are resulting in some people experiencing difficulties in getting their prescription filled at their local community pharmacy and that this is very distressing for people who have made the important decision to commence treatment.'Read More
Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced Australians with Hep C would now pay just $6.20 a prescription if they were a concession card holder or $38.30 a prescription as a general patient for four different cures listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.Read More
Many people living with hepatitis C have been eagerly waiting for 1 March, which marks the start of the largest single investment in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with subsidies granted to three new medicines*. However, experts are also concerned that many of the 230,5001 Australians living with hepatitis C are still “completely unaware of the new treatments or the enormous benefits they offer.”Read More