Patient Dilemma: Treat Hepatitis C Now or Hold Out?

“Being diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease usually triggers immediate treatment. But a growing number of people infected with hepatitis C are putting off therapy, choosing instead to roll the dice and wait for a new generation of drugs to become available.

The new drugs, which could begin hitting pharmacies in a year or two, promise to cure hepatitis C more effectively and with far fewer harsh side effects than the current regimen of medications. The disease, which attacks the liver, often progresses slowly, giving certain patients leeway in when to seek treatment. And doctors regularly monitor these patients to check if the disease has significantly worsened. Up to four million Americans are estimated to be infected with the hepatitis C virus.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323293704578330712442353712.html

Source: – WallStreetJournal.com – March 4, 2013

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