Me too dt,
I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1989. That was after a year of tests and evaluations that ruled out everything else. I now know that the onset was the acute phase of my HCV infection. My energy level has never been the same-until recently.
"So it perhaps wasn’t surprising that during a panel discussion here Monday, a Gilead executive was asked how he lives with himself.
Gregg Alton, the executive vice president for corporate and medical affairs, joked that he goes running. Then his tone turned serious as he talked about research, innovation, and the value of life-saving new drugs. “I sleep quite well,” he concluded."
(With thanks to zhuk from whose post I stole this, and of course the wonderful Leanig himself for his always thought provoking social commentary.)
G3a since '78 - Dx '12 - F4 (2xHCC)
24wk Tx - PEG/Riba/Dac 2013 relapsed
24wk Tx - Generic Sof/Dac/Riba 2015/16 relapsed
16wk Tx - 12/01/17 -> 03/05/17 NS3/NS5a + Generic Sof
SVR7 - 22/06/17 UND
SRV12 - 27/07/17 UND
SVR24 - 26/10/17 UND
I think that where these cost-effective studies are shortsighted is that they rarely take into account the numbers of people removed from the work force due to being sick from hepC. OK, so that does not directly affect an insurance company, but it does affect any country which funds its healthcare from public funds, ie. taxpayers.
Instead of having a contributing tax payer, what you have is a person who cannot go to work and needs to draw on the social welfare budget. If you then consider the large cohort of baby boomers coming through with hepC, it becomes worse. If these people are not cured then they are heading for care homes much sooner than would otherwise have been necessary. So factor in building all the extra care homes needed and the extra carers required to work in them and to provide care in the community.
Even if people are treated but treated late, they may have developed a myriad of hepC-related ailments which would have been preventable with early treatment but are now not reversible. It's too late for them. They are going to need costly support.
Well, at least this report touches on quality of life, which for anybody living with hepc is what probably matters most.
contracted Gen 1a in the 70's, dx in 2007...ast 27 to 35...alt 43 to 96...vl 1.2 mil to 8.6 mil.
biopsy F-2 (2012)..pre tx results 1/23/16 ast 32, alt 46, vl 3.1 mil
tx started 2/11/16.... lab results 2/24/16 ast 18, alt 18, vl <15 IU/ml
28 days later.............lab results 3/9/16 ast 21, alt 21, vl UND
56 days later.............lab results 4/6/16 ast 20, alt 22, vl UND
139 days later...........lab results 6/29/16 ast 28, alt 30, vl UND...EOT