Update from Hep C BC

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(1) This morning we got word from Vertex Pharmaceuticals that telaprevir — Vertex’s INCIVIK (TM) — is now covered by Pharmacare of Quebec.  Previously Saskatchewan approved it, and a decision by BC Pharmacare is expected soon.  Telaprevir and Boceprevir are the protease inhibitors which those being treated for HCV (genotype 1 only) can add to their interferon-ribavirin treatment (also called ‘triple therapy).

(2) This morning we also heard how those CO-INFECTED with HCV/HIV who are Genotype 1 and want triple therapy (or even current Standard of Care) should now apply:  For now, use the same form which MONO-INFECTED people with Genotype 1 use.  They should state if they are applying for current Standard of Care (interferon-ribavirin only) or triple therapy (interferon-ribavirin with boceprevir).  The requesting physician should note on the form that they will be monitoring for and adjusting therapy, based on potential drug interactions. If questions, please call Pharmacare at 604-683-7151 (Vanc.) or 1-800-663-7100 (elsewhere).

Thanks for your time and all the best to you from the folks at HepCBC

Cheryl Reitz, M.A., HCV+ Volunteer
HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society
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