Armenia’s Ministry of Health may provide free medicines for diseased with hepatitis C

Armenia’s Ministry of Health may provide free medicines for diseased with hepatitis C

YEREVAN, July 29. /ARKA/. Armenian minister of health is negotiating over supplies of drugs for diseased with hepatitis C as humanitarian aid to Armenia, the press secretary of the ministry Anahit Aytayan told reporters Friday.

According to the ministry of health, there were 32 diseased with acute hepatitis C in Armenia in 2012.

The ministry received a positive answer, and the supplies should be sufficient for everyone needing these drugs, Aytayan said.

She also said that diseased with hepatitis C is among the ministry’s priorities.

Head of hepatology department of Nork infectious diseases hospital Hasmik Ghazinyan, in her turn, said the previous humanitarian aid received five years ago helped treat some 30-35 people.
Hepatitis C is treated with a choiceless combination of drugs costing around $1,000-1,200 in Armenia per month. Not everyone may afford it, Ghazinyan said adding that the treatment may last from 16 to 72 weeks.

She also said that this is the treatment used all over the world and other methods may result in waste of precious time.

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. –0--

11:36 29.07.2013

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