Subsidies could eliminate Hep C in Australia within a decade

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.

The direct-acting anti-viral drugs are more effective and have fewer side effects than previous treatments.

"We've got excellent drugs that can cure people, " said Professor Margaret Hellard of Melbourne's Burnet Institute.

"Australia has the ability to eliminate this as a public health threat over the next 10 to 15 years.


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