Hi Chris, Yes, I saw the same commercial and I couldn't believe my eyes and ears! I'm from a suburb of Boston too! I completed treatment with Victrelis, Interferon, and Ribovirin on 10/19/12 and am undetected so far. I am suffering with quite a few lingering effects of the treatment as have some pals who treated during the same time frame. I have been praying for a treatment to come along that did not have so many side effects and damage post-treatment. I don't know enough about this new drug but I sure hope it is easier for folks to tolerate. I wish you didn't have to choose between a great trip and treatment but I would probably opt for treatment. The journey to wellness holds far more benefits than any trip!
My doc says there is another new med that is supposed to be available in August that appears to give better odds than this combination. With an 80 to 90% SVR rate with Sovaldi and Olysio, I chose not to wait. If something happened where I became uninsured.........well the risk was just too great. Praying for SVR.
That ad from Gilead runs in AZ all the time. For people with 1b Sovaldi and Riba seems to be the ticket. Later this year the FDA should approve the companion drug for Sovaldi and do away with the Riba. Do you know what your IL28B Polymorphism is? You could wait until later this year and do the 2 drug combo or do Sovaldi and riba now. It al depends on how your liver function is and if you can wait,
I've seen the Gilead commercial a few times now. I think the it's very well done and will grab the attention of a lot of us Boomers, as well as others, who've been waiting patiently on the new meds. The market potential is staggering.
Best of luck to you.
That damage post-treatment is what you've got to watch out for. A couple of friends mentioned getting treated now and should be good to go for September. Nope, I don't think so. It took me at least a year to feel normal again after each of the three treatments I failed. Congratulations on your UND, though! Do you feel better?
I'm glad you mentioned August as another possible hurdle that will be crossed. Maybe that's what my doctor is going to do. You troopers are the best. You're who I turn to for support, for info, and to support others as well, though I don't do as well on the latter as I should.