NHS England, Unable to Budget for Broad Access, has been Accused of Limiting Access to Hep C Drugs

“The hepatitis C virus (HCV) chronically affects up to 150 million people worldwide. In the UK, an estimated0.5% of the populated are affected. If left untreated, the virus can lead to severe liver damage and sometimes liver cancer. In 2014, two drugs were approved that offer a more than 90% cure rate for HCV; However, the NHS this week have been accused of disobeying guidelines and rationing their use. Is this the fault of the NHS? Or a greater issue with company pricing for new-to-market drugs?”

Read more at The Canary:

The NHS is rationing a drug that could cure thousands of a life limiting disease

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