Can Hepatitis C Be Cured?
The New Standard in Hepatitis C Treatment continued...
"Being able to give a treatment that is one pill a day with few side effects is very attractive," Lok says. "This is why everyone is very excited." Other new interferon-free drugs are expected to come along in the next year or two, she says.
The Viekira Pak multi-pill is prescribed for people with chronic HCV genotype 1 and works to prohibit the growth of Hep C. It’s recommended to take two ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir tablets once daily (in the morning) and one dasabuvir tablet twice daily (morning and evening) for at least 12 weeks. Viekira has a 91 – 100% cure rate.
You take simeprevir with interferon and ribavirin. The combo clears the hep C virus in up to 80% of people who take it.
Sofosbuvir can be used without interferon for people with some types of hep C. Sofosbuvir comes in an easy once-a-day pill. It takes as few as 12 weeks to work, and it cures up to 90% of people who take it.
In 2015, ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir (Technivie) was approved for use in combination with ribavirin for treatment of genotype 4 hepatitis C infections. It is the first treatment option for genotype 4 infections that does not require interferon. It can achieve 100% cure rates.”
The Cost of a Cure
The new drugs aren't cheap. A full course of treatment can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Check with your insurance company, and also ask your doctor if you can take advantage of drug company programs that give financial assistance.