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Post Info TOPIC: Harvoni Takes the Sting Out of Hepatitis C Treatment


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Tig,

   I'm sure it was all bbout money to keep me on treatment for 14 months, the doctor wanted to keep going longer! My doctor faxed in my appeal for harvoni on Thurs., 3 days ago. I will keep you all posted.

 



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Hi John,

I'd like to welcome you to the forum! I read the attached article and found your 14 month IFN/Riba protocol, with a failure to adequately respond sadly interesting. Why did your healthcare team put you through such a grueling protocol if you didn't see a better viral response than 500K for that period of time? Having gone through a similar but successful treatment routine, I can't imagine having put up with the SFX we know too well with your poor response. Things were different 10 years ago, but thankfully my doctors stopped Tx when I showed poor response to it. 14 months = Ugh! (x14)...

I'm thrilled to hear you've been fortunate to have heard that you should qualify for the newest HCV Silver Bullet,  Harvoni! Any idea when you will start? We have several members that are hoping to start Harvoni Tx soon as well. But the insurance obstacles for most are yet to be worked out. That or access to the actual medication itself, seems to be the only thing delaying progress.

Please feel free to introduce yourself to the forum in our New Member section. We'd love to know more about you and have you join us on our Harvoni Train to success! It's truly a great time to treat and we'd enjoy following your progress toward SVR! Good luck...

Tig



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You all need read this article that posted today, at healthline.com, by David Heitz, great article. "Harvoni Takes the Sting Out of Hepatitis C Treatment." It is posted on the right side under most resent. I just want to be cured, just like a lot of us. So tired of waiting, when the great meds are out now. I am so ready to start my treatment, just like a lot of us. I am between stage 1 and 2, just a little scarring, no cirrhosis. Geno 1a, with a 7 million viral load. Was on peg and co-peg for 14 months, over 10 years ago. My doctor and pharmacist thinks they can get me approved for harvoni, because I was a nonresponder. A lot of insurance companies are not educated on harvoni yet, because it is a new drug, and of course very expensive. They both told me to give it some time and be patient. I am working with the Gilead support group too. I am able to use the $5 co-pay for harvoni or sovaldi. Maybe the insurance companies will change their guidelines, if a lot of pressure is put on them. Thank you everyone for your support and great advice, greatly appreciated. You all have a great Sunday with your families. http://www.healthline.com/health-news/harvoni-takes-sting-out-of-hepatitis-c-treatment-102614

 

 



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