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Week Ending 09/14/2014
‘At a time when curative treatment is available for hepatitis C (HCV), some state Medicaid programs are instituting harmful barriers to the new HCV treatment, including limiting the availability of physicians to treat this growing epidemic by restricting infectious diseases and HIV physicians from prescribing life-saving medications.’
‘The drug simeprevir (trade name: Olysio) has been available since May 2014 for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C infection. In an early benefit assessment pursuant to the Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products (AMNOG), the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) examined whether this new drug offers an added benefit over the appropriate comparator therapy.’
‘For many clinicians, genotype 3 now presents the greatest challenge in the treatment and management of patients with hepatitis C virus. In a recent paper published in the Journal of Viral Hepatology, HCV Next Editorial Board member Nezam H. Afdhal, MD, and Elliot B. Tapper, MD, from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, called genotype 3 “potentially the most difficult-to-treat genotype and an area of intense research for new drug development.”’