Free treatment of 300K Hep C patients to be finalized by June: official

CAIRO: A decision to treat some 300,000 patients with Hepatitis C at state expenses will be finalized by June 2016, Tamer Hamed, head of Specialized Medical Councils at Health Ministry told Youm7 Saturday.

Hamed said that so far, the state has treated some 180,000 Hep C patients.

It was recently announced that thousands of locally-made medicines to cure Hep C; Sovaldi and Daklinza will be sent soon to health insurance centers, in addition to providing the centers with Hepatitis “B” medicines to start treating patients via the state’s insurance system within two months.

One out of 10 of Egypt’s population aged 15-59 is infected, according to the World Health Organization; the government has embarked on a vigorous campaign to put an end to this high prevalence in 2014.

The campaign has successfully increased the number of liver treatment centers across the country, subsidized regimens, and started producing several liver-related drugs to further reduce their prices.

The government hopes to cure some 500,000 patients in 2016 using domestically produced regimens.

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