Thursday, July 26, 2007

B.C. wants review of hepatitis drug coverage

From the Vancouver Sun:
Health Minister George Abbott said Monday the B.C. government has asked for a review of whether Pharmacare should pay for the hepatitis B drug Hepsera.

Tung Chan, chief executive of Chinese immigrant services organization S.U.C.C.E.S.S., strongly urged the government Monday to start paying for the drug.

He said hepatitis B especially affects people of Asian descent and Hepsera is recommended for patients whose liver conditions become unresponsive to other, approved drugs.

Hepsera is not covered by Pharmacare, but is now provided free of charge by drug maker Gilead Sciences as part of a compassionate care program. ...more

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