Magazine article VFW Magazine

VA Expands Hepatitis C Treatment

Magazine article VFW Magazine

VA Expands Hepatitis C Treatment

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All VA patients suffering from hepatitis C are now eligible to receive medication to treat the virus, the Department announced in March. Previously, because of the high cost of medication containing the drug sofosbuvir, only those patients in the most advanced stages of the illness received drugs to treat it.

"We're honored to be able to expand treatment for veterans who are afflicted with hepatitis C," said Dr. David Shulkin, VA undersecretary for health. "Additionally, if veterans are currently waiting on an appointment for community care through the Choice program [private care], they can now turn to their local VA facility for this treatment or elect to continue to receive treatment through Choice."

Last fall, Congress approved $3 billion for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 to provide more funds for hepatitis C treatment.

VA says some 174,000 of its patients- many of them Vietnam veterans-have hepatitis C. …

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