Ireland: Additional 1,500 people to be given life-saving hepatitis C treatment

The national hepatitis C treatment programme is to be extended as part of a plan to eliminate the disease in Ireland by 2026, the HSE has announced. The next phase of the strategy will provide an additional 1,500 people with access to life-saving drugs. The directly acting antivirals (DAAs) offer a cure for hepatitis C in the majority of patients. Nearly 700 people have been treated for the infection since late 2014. An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 pe