PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 784, p37 - 12 Aug 2017 Sofosbuvir subsidised in Australia for hepatitis C Sofosbuvir (Epclusa) will be subsidised in Australia for the treatment of hepatitis C from 1 August 2017, via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Sofosbuvir is the first of the new direct acting antivirals that can be used in the treatment of patients with any genotype of hepatitis and has an expected success rate of 90%. Up to 200 000 Australians are infected with hepatitis C, with approximately 800 people dying from the infection each year. The newly announced government funding will reduce the treatment cost to the patient to a maximum of $A38.80 per month, with the concessional price being just $6.30, compared with unsubsidised costs of over $20 000 per treatment. "Eliminating hepatitis C from Australia will take a coordinated effort from GPs, specialists, nurses, patients and the Government", commented Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP. "Today is World Hepatitis Day and I want to reiterate the Government’s commitment to eliminate hepatitis C in Australia by 2030". Over 42 000 Australians have benefited from PBS- subsidised medicine for chronic hepatitis C since Australia became one of the first countries in the world to subsidise new medicines for all adults with chronic infection. As well as allocating over $1 billion for these new medicines over the next five years through the PBS, the Australian government is providing education to health professionals about hepatitis B and C, as well as funding hepatitis B vaccination for all infants. Additionally, free catch-up vaccines became available on 1 July 2017 for all refugees, humanitarian entrants and 10 to 19-year-olds through the National Immunisation Program. Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, Minister for Sport. New drug to help over 200,000 Australians. Internet Document : 28 Jul 2017. Available from: URL: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel- yr2017-hunt072.htm 803262349 1173-5503/17/0784-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 12 Aug 2017 No. 784
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Published: Aug 12, 2017
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