New affordable hepatitis C combination shows 97% cure rate
"....a safe and effective cure for hepatitis C in low- and middle-income countries for $300 or less...."25 Apr 2018
The combination of sofosbuvir and the new NS5A inhibitor ravidasvir cured 97% of people with hepatitis C in a study carried out in Malaysia, and could provide a safe and effective cure for hepatitis C in low- and middle-income countries for $300 or less, researchers of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative reported on the opening day of the 2018 International Liver Congress in Paris.
Interim results from the STORM-C-1 study. Image credit: @DNDi
Approximately 70 million people live with hepatitis C worldwide but access to curative treatment is restricted by price and by the lack of investments in health systems and viral hepatitis diagnosis and treatment.
Affordable pangenotypic treatment for hepatitis C would allow many lower- and middle-income countries to treat a wide range of people with hepatitis C, without the need for genotyping, reducing the cost of treating each patient.Share this on: