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Available treatments for hepatitis C virus cost-effective when initiated early

Wiley

New treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) may be highly effective but are associated with substantial costs that may compel clinicians and patients to consider delaying treatment. However, a new study shows that immediate treatment of HCV-infected patients with moderate or advanced liver scarring is cost-effective. Immediate treatment of patients with minimal or no scarring can be cost-effective as well, particularly when lower treatment costs are assumed.

"The devastating effects of hepatitis C continue to threaten the health of many Americans, with baby boomers at particular risk. This analysis of treatment available for hepatitis C describes specific scenarios when immediate or earlier treatment can be both cost-effective and increase quality of life," said Dr. John Ward, co-author of the Hepatology study and director of CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis.

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