Since March 2016, new direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) for treating infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have been available in Australia under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This represents a revolution in the treatment of hepatitis C, as DAA regimens have cure rates of more than 90%, minimal adverse effects, and low treatment complexity. In contrast to previous HCV treatments, general practitioners are authorised to prescribe HCV DAAs.
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Clinical experience of patients with hepatitis C virus infection among Australian GP trainees
Joshua S Davis, Amanda Tapley, Simon Morgan, Mieke L van Driel and Parker J Magin
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (7): 308-309.
Joshua S Davis1,2
Mieke L van Driel5
Parker J Magin6
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