Access to new drugs could save 350 lives from hep C

Three hundred and fifty people seriously ill with hepatitis C need early access to new therapies that could save their lives, according to the Irish Haemophilia Society (IHS).

Access to new drugs could save 350 lives from hep C

Of the 12,365 patients in Ireland with hepatitis C, 350 need urgent treatment.

“This group cannot medically tolerate the currently available interferon-based therapies, due to severe liver damage, which increases their risk of death if subjected to these treatments,” said the IHS in a statement. “The 350 people affected require treatments that are not based on interferon, which involves a combination of two drugs.”

The once-off treatment costs about €45,000.

IHS chief executive Brian O’Mahony said immediate action is needed.

“Those who are now living with advanced liver disease as a result of hepatitis C deserve a chance to live and we call on the minister of health and the HSE to agree, without further delay, to an early-access programme which would save lives and save money.”

An expert group, chaired by Dr Deirdre Mulholland of the Department of Health and Children, is examining the new treatment options.

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