In one of the posts on this forum ( fixhepc.com/forum/graphic-art-corner/1296-oasis.html#21536
) I briefly mentioned that in Romania, before 1989 (Romanian revolution), people could watch the TV only 2 hours per day (that was the time the national TV station - the only TV in RO at that time - was active in one day).
Without going into a political debate ( I have no intention for this), I also do remember that in those times people were hidding in their homes in order to listen the radio station "Free Europe Radio" (Radio Europa Libera) and so to be upated with news about what happens in the world. The authorities from those times did not like this, and everybody was fearing they will be punished if it will become known that one has listened the Free Europe Radio station.
So, what does this story has to do with the HCV treatment with generic drugs?
I would say some things are common.
I would look at the 2 hours/day of TV transmissions as being what many healthcare systems worldwide advocate today: HCV being treated with IFN+RIB.
I would look at the Free Europe Radio as being the generic drugs: people know that the generic drugs exists and are effective (as everybody has now a "radio"=PC with internet connection, and is able to read information about HCV generic drugs), however many avoid to talk openly about the generic drugs because they fear of potential punishments.
I think that one thing that will enable the launch of the mass treatment of HCV patients with generic drugs is the freedom of speech. As long as patients and doctors fear to talk about it, the mass treatment will be delayed.If they could talk open about it, things would be different.