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Hepatitis C: NHS plans for England to be world leader in eradicating infectious disease

NHS calls on pharmaceutical industry to provide best-value treatments to eradicate Hepatitis C in England by 2025 – five years ahead of the World Health Organization goal of 2030.
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NHS calls on pharmaceutical industry to provide best-value treatments to eradicate Hepatitis C in England by 2025 five years ahead of the World Health Organization goal of 2030

The NHS is planning for England to be the first country in the world to eliminate Hepatitis C.

Health leaders have called on the pharmaceutical industry to work with them to provide best value for money for treatments.

They say this such a collaboration will ensure the NHS can commit to eliminating Hepatitis C in England at least five years earlier than the World Health Organization goal of 2030.

February launch

A round of procurement launching in February is the single largest medicine procurement done by the NHS, and NHS England expects to see more new treatments curing more patients by October.

Part of the new agreements between

NHS calls on pharmaceutical industry to provide best-value treatments to eradicate Hepatitis C in England by 2025 – five years ahead of the World Health Organization goal of 2030


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The NHS is planning for England to be the first country in the world to eliminate Hepatitis C.

Health leaders have called on the pharmaceutical industry to work with them to provide best value for money for treatments.

They say this such a collaboration will ensure the NHS can commit to eliminating Hepatitis C in England at least five years earlier than the World Health Organization goal of 2030.

February launch

A round of procurement launching in February is the single largest medicine procurement done by the NHS, and NHS England expects to see more new treatments curing more patients by October.

Part of the new agreements between NHS England and drug companies will involve collaboration to identify more people who are living with Hepatitis C who need to be treated.

Experts have predicted that this approach, combined with the NHS sustaining the same level of investment and the best new treatments being used, could lead to Hepatitis C being eradicated as a major public health concern.

1.3 million deaths per year

Hepatitis C is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for more than 1.3 million deaths per year – as many as HIV, TB and malaria.

Figures show that Hepatitis C is affecting 160,000 people in England.

NHS England national clinical chair for Hepatitis C Graham Foster said: ‘The progress made in the treatment of Hepatitis C has transformed the lives of many of my patients and has been made possible by NHS England working closely with industry to bring prices down and expand treatment options.

‘Yet we have the opportunity to do so much more.

‘Over the last seven decades, the NHS has been at the forefront of medical innovation – to be able to commit to a world first in the year of the NHS’ 70th anniversary would be another remarkable and truly historic achievement.’


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