I've just started tx under Dr Freeman. I'm 6 days into the medicine for genotype 3. I have no side effects at all.
I'm 49 and a year and a half ago I had had some bad blood results at my local GP, who sent me to a specialist who, who sent me for a liver scan and then told me I was ok liver wise and explained the new drugs and that I could either wait for gov to put them on the PBS or maybe try and get them in India. To be honest I just wrote it off and didn't think about it.
Then recently Dad showed me an article on the man from Franklin Tas who is importing from India and told me to try it out. I was still reluctant to even begin asking about it. I had had Interferon tx at Royal Hobart Hospital in 2006, which was a nightmare to deal with. It was a horror show on all levels, from administration exhaustion, total lack of support available (which I really needed) and the shocking symptoms of the Interferon.
My Dad nagged me until I googled and found the man from Franklin and emailed him, he explained how he went about it and I put it aside again as the secondary drug wasn't available in India yet. Then again Dad was asking me to do something and said he wanted me to do it now as he was worried the gov or drug company would shut down the importing. To me that made sense so we googled and got Dr Freeman, emailed him and he emailed right back and them telephones me within a day or two and explained it all.
The drugs via Dr Freeman being in powder form from China put me off again, so I left it a few more weeks. Then I just thought fuck it, just do it and made an appointment.
My fears, administration, no secondary drug, lack of support and powder were addressed. There is stuff all admin, no paper work to get the powdered drug through customs. The Chinese company has all the various secondary drugs to go with the Sofosbuvir for the various genotypes, mine was Daclatasvir. With Dr Freemans office, there are shrinks that will see me even by skype and bulk bill if I get distressed and the drug is tested at Hobart Uni to see if it is proper.
So all I did was:
1. Go and get my blood tests, (only as Hobart hospital didn't have my genotype or record anymore).
2. Revisit Dr Freeman for the prescription and receive an emailed invoice from the company in China that same day.
3. Take my payment & invoice to my bank to be wired to the China Drug Company.
4. Get the drugs in my mailbox a few weeks later, all tested and packed into capsules.
So if you have had a bad experience in the past, please don't let it stop you now.
Here is a pic of my drugs Dr Freeman emailed me as they arrived from China, just before they went to the Hobart Uni.