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    Wednesday, 02 August 2017 17:33

    Generic Hepatitis C Treatment in Canada

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    The Hepatitis C Situation in CanadaPeople with Hepatitis C in Canada are in a similar situation to people in countries like Ireland, Sweden and France. Hep C treatment is available through the government funded national health services however the huge cost of treatment and the high numbers of people with Hep C in Canada, estimated to be at least 300,000 make treating them all impossible.Canada is paying about US$50,000 for Harvoni and Epclusa from Gilead and a little less for Zepatier, a new drug made by Merke, which is used to treat chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infections in both treatment-naïve and has about the same cure rate as Harvoni.So you can see that treating the entire Canadian Hep C population would cost the Canadian Health system at least US$15,000,000,000. Obviously such an amount is way outside of Canada's health budget so access to Hep C treatment in Canada is triaged. That is to say only the sickest people have access to treatment. In most Canadian States this requires a fibrosis reading of F3 or F4, though some states may offer treatment to patients who are F2.However this flies in the face of all conventional medical wisdom, which says…
    This article is one of a series I am writing on relapsing and retreatment. One of the issues that keeps coming up in today's Hepatitis C world is the issue of relapsing after treatment with the new DAAs, whether Sofosbuvir based treatment or other drug combinations like the VPak or Zep. Whilst we know that the manufacturers of DAAs like Harvoni only promise a cure rate of about 95% the exact factors that are responsible for a person relapsing after completion of treatment are not known. Certainly a very, very few people appear to carry a mutant variety of the virus that has some immunity to drugs like Sofosbuvir however this is not enough of an explanation. Certainly relapsing is one of the most heart breaking things for a person who has completed treatment, particularly as most people have had a " virus undetected" test result before they relapse. One of the main causes of relapse, as the two emails below indicate, is not doing a long enough treatment time. I don't often get letters from people who have relapsed but on this day I got two. For that reason I am writing this. First email: " Hi, i am…
    Here we are at World Hepatitis Day again. You might think that world Hepatitis Day would be about getting cheap, affordable treatment to the 100 million plus people around the world infected with Hepatitis C.It would be reasonable for you to expect World Hepatitis Day to be about Hepatitis Advocacy groups making a big noise about the outrageous prices of Hep C antiviral medicines.But you would be wrong.World Hepatitis Day is about Big Pharma sponsored so-called " advocacy groups" putting pressure of governments around the world to spend more of their limited health budgets on buying extraordinarily expensive Hep C medicines.A national health budget is a finite thing. There is a limited amount of money to be spread across all the health needs of a nation. There is maternity, emergency, a wide range of diseases, care for the elderly, care for the young etc. Any community has multiple demands on their health care budget.Even the most wealthy countries can not find the money to pay what Big Pharma demands.So what Big Pharma sponsored "advocacy groups" do is to lobby governments to spend more of their health budget on the expensive new Hep C drugs aggressively marketed by Big Pharma.Now before…
    Friday, 07 July 2017 17:31

    Overcoming an Adversary

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    Every day I get a number of emails from folk who have been cured of their Hepatitis C and write to thank me for helping in the process.Every person's experience with Hep C is different and every person's reaction to being cured is different.I would like to share this email I received this morning as an interesting example of how we can turn a negative experience into a positive one.This person had Hep C for 35 years and fought calmly and valiantly with the virus all those years, never being overwhelmed emotionally or physically. Eventually he won that battle through perseverance and determination. Hello GregI just received test results from my 5 months, post treatment, blood tests and they came back undetected! I would just like to say i am grateful to you for your involvement in getting me the generic Harvoni out of India. Its been a long road being this was my 4th treatment over 18 years. i have had the disease for 35 years and after 3 failed treatments of course I was worried that I would fail again. Here is some information about my experience with this treatment that you and others might find interesting. AS…
    Thursday, 06 July 2017 17:27

    A Texan Tale

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    I have had some major problems with my website software over the last couple of months and have not been able to post anything on here since mid-March 2017.Fortunately I was able to keep posting on my Facebook Blog however it seems I have got things fixed here and my website is now running again.To celebrate I thought to start with this very positive story from Texas. A couple of months back one of my suppliers contacted me and told me he had some Sofosbuvir that was getting close to its expiry date and he would be able to supply the Sof + Daclatasvir for a very low price. We agreed that we would use this to help people who were having trouble finding money for treatment. One of these was Paul who wrote the story below. I still have some of that Sofosbuvir so if you or anyone you know is struggling to find the money for treatment let me know. Hi Greg, I thought I would write a short version of my story. You can proof read it and let me know if ok. My name is Paul and I am from Texas in the USA. I contracted…
    Friday, 18 August 2017 23:13

    Brain Fog and Side Effects of Hepatitis C

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    When I first learned I had Hep C, back in 2014, I went on a steep learning curve. One of the first things I learned was that most doctors know very little about Hepatitis C. No disrespect meant to doctors in general but there is a lot of misinformation out there. For example my doctor was convinced I must have picked up Hep C from some form of illicit sexual activity. He had Hep C and Hep B mixed up (and being a happily married man I knew he was wrong). So there is this issue of what are the obvious symptoms of Hep C, that is to say the ones that you notice easily? If you Google this you will get something like “appetite loss, tiredness, achy muscles and nausea.” Yes we know about the fatigue, then there is smelly, dark urine. If you dig a little deeper you will find nose bleeds, thinning of the skin, easy bruising and bleeding, joint pain and yellowing of the skin or eyes. That’s about where it stops. But if you dig really deep you will find that Hep C can cause peripheral neuropathy (which I had/have) and a whole lot of…

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    • Brain Fog and Side Effects of Hepatitis C
      When I first learned I had Hep C, back in 2014, I went on a steep learning curve. One of the first things I learned was that most doctors know…
      Written on Friday, 18 August 2017 23:13
    • Generic Hepatitis C Treatment in Canada
      The Hepatitis C Situation in CanadaPeople with Hepatitis C in Canada are in a similar situation to people in countries like Ireland, Sweden and France. Hep C treatment is available…
      Written on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 17:33
    • Relapses and Retreatment After DAA Treatment for Hep C..
      This article is one of a series I am writing on relapsing and retreatment. One of the issues that keeps coming up in today's Hepatitis C world is the issue…
      Written on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 17:33
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