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Sovaldi: pay or die

Hepatitis C is an illness that kills a thousand people around the world everyday. 900.000 spanish are infected and every year 10.000 die. Lately they have been multiple demonstrations in many countries due to a new medicine for this illness called “Sovaldi”. As Ignacio Escolar and Maria Jesús Ruiz say, this new drug is being very controversial due to it’s cost, the late demonstrations have been caused by the price of the drug and the stance the governments have taken. In Spain, the government has denied to give the ones infected by the Hepatitis C the medical prescription, as most think of them think, because of its cost that is 25.000 euros per treatment. Another controversial fact is the variation of the price between countries. Maria Jesús Ruiz says: ” In the United States the treatment of twelve weeks costs 67.000, in Germany 55.000, in the UK and Canada 45.000, Spain is on the average of 25.000 but Egypt and India are around 900 and 600, respectively”.

Life, is one of human rights, this is why the infected people met in a demostration, to ask for a human right. But the government will decide who are the fortunate that get the treatment. Whatsmore, Sovaldi, is still under observation as it has been tested very fast due to its matter of urgency and they are still clinical trials to be done.

Although its efectivity is very high, it cures between the 80% and 90% of patients, this treatment will only be given to the patients that are seriously ill. A very important fact of this illness is that most of the patients who suffer from it were infected in public hospitals , as Ignacio Escolar says: “This virus is not easily transferred. It is transmited by bloodstream, such as, exchanging syringes, the use of unsterilised medical equipment and of course, blood transfusion. In Spain, during decades, until 1992, it was not obligatory to analyse the blood to see if the donor was infected”.

Manifestación de afectados por la Hepatitis C

(Photo: elboletin.com)

Afectados por Hepatitis C marchan a Moncloa al grito de

(Photo: heraldo.es)

References:

Ignacio Escolar (16-06-2014) “Sovaldi, 400 miligramos”

http://www.eldiario.es/escolar/Sovaldi-miligramos_6_271632868.html

Maria Jesús Ruiz (12-01-2015)  “Medicamento para la hepatitis C: pagas según el país en el que vivas”

http://www.antena3.com/noticias/salud/medicamento-hepatitis-pagas-segun-pais-que-vivas_2015011200294.html

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