Hepatitis C Treatment

ABC Liver Lover Clinic

From March 2016, new medicines known as direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) became available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in Australia. These new medicines are highly effective for most people, have less side-effects and are taken for a shorter time. The new medicines have proven to be > 90% effective in curing hep C. Treatment will usually be for a period of 8 to 12 weeks, but may be for up to 24 weeks for some people. The medicines we will prescribe for you will depend on a number of things. These include: the genotype of hep C you have, whether you have developed cirrhosis (liver scarring) or whether you have other existing health conditions. If you have a less common genotype, you may need to use a combination of the new and older medicines. We will be able to advise you on he best treatment option. As newer medicines become available, it is likely the need to check genotype will decrease, making treatment for all people with hep C even simpler.

The following DAA medicines are currently available in Australia on the PBS:

  • Daklinza® (daclatasvir)
  • Harvoni® (sofosbuvir + ledipasvir)
  • Sovaldi® (sofosbuvir)
  • Viekira Pak® (paritaprevir + ritonavir + ombitasvir + dasabuvir)
  • Viekira Pak RBV® (paritaprevir + ritonavir + ombitasvir + dasabuvir + ribavirin)
  • Zepatier® (grazoprevir + elbasvir)
  • Epclusa® (sofosbuvir + velpatasvir)

The number of new drugs is expanding so the latest medical advice as to the best choice for you should always be sought.


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