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Breaking Down the Barriers to Effective Treatment of Hepatitis C in Latin America

Published in eyeforpharma June 9 by Rachel Howard and Raquel Nunez.
If left untreated, hepatitis C leads to chronic health problems putting a huge strain on national healthcare resources.

During the course of my working life, hepatitis C is one of the therapy areas in which I have seen the most dramatic advances in terms of treatment.  It is definitely one of pharma’s success stories. It has experienced rapid evolution from interferon- and ribavirin-based treatment in 1998, through pegylated interferon-based regimens and protease inhibitors and on to the recent wave of direct-acting antiviral therapies available today. It would not be an exaggeration to say that these interferon-free treatment regimens, with high efficacy (Sustained Virological Response (SVR) rates approaching 100%), minimal side effects and short treatment durations, have the potential to revolutionize the treatment of hepatitis C.

This article considers a more complex reality; how the availability of such exciting new treatments does not necessarily result in a treatment “revolution” in many emerging markets. Specifically, I will explore this in the context of the interesting example of Latin America. 

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25th August 2015



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