Hep C Treatments

In 2016 new breakthrough hepatitis C treatments have been made available on the PBS:

  • Harvoni® - sofosbuvir with ledipasvirTablets
  • Sovaldi® - sofosbuvir
  • Daklinza® - daclatasvir
  • Viekira Pak® - ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, dasabuvir - tablets with or without ribavirin 
  • Ibavyr® - ribavirin

What is so exciting about these new treatments?

Watch our video to find out from the experts.

"This is fantastic news for people with bleeding disorders and hepatitis C,” said Gavin Finkelstein, President of Haemophilia Foundation Australia. “They have been waiting so long for access to treatment to cure their hepatitis C. Many have seen their liver disease progressing and were despairing. This decision by the Government will change people’s lives and we would like to congratulate Minister Ley for seeing the process through to make these treatments available and affordable to all Australians with hepatitis C.”

The new treatments have high success rates – around 95% across the entire hep C population:

  • Genotypes 1-3 – oral treatment with tablets; no interferon injections
  • Genotypes 4 and 6 – sofosbuvir + peg interferon/ribavirin
  • Shorter treatment courses – usually 8-24 weeks
  • Fewer and usually only minor side-effects, if any
  • People with cirrhosis still have relatively high cure rates but need specialist and individualised care and monitoring.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE A BLEEDING DISORDER?

HFA has had initial discussions with the Australian Haemophilia Centre Directors’ Organisation (AHCDO) and hepatitis and HIV/HCV co-infection specialists:

You would need to have a recent liver health assessment before you could be considered for treatment. Don’t wait; if you haven’t already, make your appointment now!

  • Don’t know where to start? Ask your Haemophilia Centre for a referral
  • Do you have hepatitis C? Make an appointment with your hepatitis or liver clinic to discuss your treatment options
  • Do you have HCV/HIV co-infection? Talk to your HIV or infectious diseases specialist about the new treatments. There may be some HIV drug interactions to take into account as well as other factors, and they will work out the best treatment regime for you
  • Do you have more advanced liver disease/cirrhosis? Talk to your hepatitis or HIV specialist about liaising with your Haemophilia Centre in case of complications
  • Not ready for treatment? Make sure you still have your liver health checked regularly and stay in touch with your hepatitis clinic about what’s new
  • Be proactive with your appointments. There are a lot of people waiting for hep C treatment. If you have an appointment, make sure you keep it if at all possible. If you need to change it, contact your clinic in advance so they can reschedule you and put someone else in your place. And follow up with them if you haven’t heard back from them
  • And for comprehensive care, talk to your Haemophilia Centre first and let your Centre know about your liver test results or how your treatment is going to make sure they stay in the loop.

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Date last reviewed: 28 July 2016