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US Veterans Affairs and Australia show potential for rapid elimination of hepatitis C
Keith Alcorn, 2016-11-15 13:20:00

If sufficient money is available to pay for direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), the US Veterans Affairs (VA) could cure the majority of veterans under its care of hepatitis C within three years, and has already shown it has the capacity to initiate almost 7000 people on treatment in a single month, George Ioannou of University of Washington, Seattle, reported at the 2016 AASLD Liver Meeting in Boston on Monday.

Data from Australia presented at the conference showed what happens when another big health system begins scaling up treatment. Since March 2016, 26,000 people are estimated to have begun DAA treatment in Australia, research carried out by researchers at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, indicates.