Hey thanks for posting this. This is interesting. I wondered what the solution would be to this...epidemic (??). I in no way consider myself a litigious kind of person but knowing what I know about Interferon and the odds of clearing the virus I wondered what recourse those exposed to HCV would have.
Apparently they have to sign up for the trial. I wonder which med this is. It says it is the drug is in the 2nd phase of testing and that the drug has shown "substantial and sustained response rates that are tantamount to cure." It said there would not be a placebo administered :)
The drug could be available to patients who sign up for the 12-week trial as early as September, pending the review board's decision. The free trial would be open to hepatitis C carriers who have evidence indicating they were recently infected with the liver disease.
Chung has thus far declined to name the drug company involved in the trial, but he described the treatment as an antiviral medication administered as an oral treatment. The treatment is now in the second phase of testing to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
I believe that this is connected to the recently infected people in the
hospital. I remember reading that it was being worked on to offer the
effected people a new drug that hadn't been released yet. Its being
offered to newly infected.