Government Intervention Requested for Poor HCV Detection and Treatment
November 30, 2009
NVHR: New Data Finding Fewer than 1 in 5 Hepatitis C Patients Receiving Antiviral Therapy is ‘Wake-Up Call’ for Washington
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New peer-reviewed data finding that fewer than one-fifth of the nearly 4 million Americans infected with chronic hepatitis C virus have received anti-viral therapy in recent years should be a wake-up call that Congress needs to move urgently on bipartisan legislation to support new state-based detection, research, and surveillance efforts, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) said today.
The NVHR warns that without congressional action, millions of Americans infected with chronic hepatitis C virus – particularly African Americans – are at serious risk of developing cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure and will add billions of dollars in unnecessary costs to our health care system every year.
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