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Author Topic: Aust. Gov't to spend 1billion on DAAs for all who need them  (Read 5341 times)

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Offline Philadelphia

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Aust. Gov't to spend 1billion on DAAs for all who need them
« on: December 19, 2015, 06:57:50 am »
At last, the news we've been waiting and hoping for here in Australia. The government has finally agreed to list DAAs on the PBS.


"Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced $1 billion in funding to make "miracle" hepatitis C drugs available to all.

The Turnbull government will spend more than $1 billion to make breakthrough hepatitis C cures available to all as part of an ambitious new plan to eradicate the deadly disease within a generation.

Health Minister Sussan Ley will announce the major new Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing on Sunday, in a move that will give Australia's 230,000 hepatitis C sufferers affordable access to the drugs.

The drugs can currently cost patients up to $100,000. Under the subsidy, they will be available for the normal PBS co-payment of $37.70 for general patients and $6.10 for concessional patients.

In what is being billed as the biggest PBS announcement since the government started funding the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the drugs – Sofosbuvir with ledipasvir (Harvoni), Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), Daclatasvir (Daklinza), and Ribavirin (Ibavyr) – will be subsidised from March next year.

The move will make Australia one of the first countries in the world to publicly subsidise the drugs for their entire population, no matter what a patient's condition is or how they contracted the disease."

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-government-to-spend-1-billion-on-hepatitis-c-miracle-cures-for-all-20151219-glrib0.html

CURED SVR24  Class of 2015
Wk 12 post EOT 30.11.15: ALT 14 AST 22 GGT 22 VL UND
Week 19 07.08.15: ALT 17 AST 23 GGT 25
Week 12 18.06.15: ALT 21 AST 23 GGT 28
Week 8 25.05.15: ALT 23 AST 27 GGT 30 VL UND
Week 4 20.04.14: ALT 30 AST 36 VL 40
Treatment start 23.03.15: ALT 137 AST 185 VL 342,600
Cirrhosis Child-Pugh A, Genotype 1a - Viekira Pak + riba 24 weeks
Total failure interferon/ribavirin/boceprovir Mar 2013
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Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: Aust. Gov't to spend 1billion on DAAs for all who need them
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2015, 11:54:26 am »
Wow! What fantastic news!

kim
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline Bree

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Re: Aust. Gov't to spend 1billion on DAAs for all who need them
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2015, 03:18:12 pm »
That's awesome... here's hoping the U.S. and others will follow suit... for us, negotiating with drug companies will be key to make that possible, I think.
Dx 1997 Geno 1a
2002-2003 PEG Intron/riba (48 wks) respond/relapsed
Pre-Harvoni - Viral Load: 13.5 M - Log 7.1
Fibrosure Score F1-2  Pre-Treatment:  AST 73 / ALT 88

7/6/15 Started Harvoni (12 weeks)
10/5/15 HCV NOT DETECTED (One week post EOT)
11/9/15 NOT DETECTED!!! (6 wk post)
12/21/15 NOT DETECTED (12 wk post) 
3/14/16  NOT DETECTED (24 week post)AST 26 ALT 18
SVR ACHIEVED!!! 
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Offline Bree

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Re: Aust. Gov't to spend 1billion on DAAs for all who need them
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2015, 03:20:14 pm »
had a duplicate post, not sure why...
Dx 1997 Geno 1a
2002-2003 PEG Intron/riba (48 wks) respond/relapsed
Pre-Harvoni - Viral Load: 13.5 M - Log 7.1
Fibrosure Score F1-2  Pre-Treatment:  AST 73 / ALT 88

7/6/15 Started Harvoni (12 weeks)
10/5/15 HCV NOT DETECTED (One week post EOT)
11/9/15 NOT DETECTED!!! (6 wk post)
12/21/15 NOT DETECTED (12 wk post) 
3/14/16  NOT DETECTED (24 week post)AST 26 ALT 18
SVR ACHIEVED!!! 
CURED YES!!!

Offline HazelAustralia

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Re: Aust. Gov't to spend 1billion on DAAs for all who need them
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2015, 04:32:22 pm »
Wow! I didn't expect that news! That's incredible!
Female age 53
Australia
Contracted in the 1980's
Genotype 1A
VL 314k

Started treatment with Veikira Pak and Ribaviron on Thursday 17th December 2015
NOT DETECTED, End of Treatment, 16th March 2016

 


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