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Despite fall in drug price, hepatitis still deadly: WHO

Hepatitis is spread through injecting drug use and unsafe use of syringes


Stephanie Nebehay | Reuters  |  Geneva 

Prices of drugs to cure hepatitis C and to treat hepatitis B are dropping dramatically, offering affordability and hope to 325 million people living with the viral liver disease that can be fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. A generic antiviral drug for hepatitis C, which can be cured in three months, was placed this week on WHO’s list of pre-qualified medicines. That means it can be used safely by aid agencies and countries for bulk purchasing. “Indeed, the first drug sofosbuvir has now been pre-qualified, that means it is quality-assured ...

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First Published: Sat, July 29 2017. 23:30 IST