B.C. government failing to treat hep C epidemic: doctor
- July 29, 2008 6:03 PM
- By Enza Uda
Patients denied coverage for anti-viral drugs
A specialist who treats patients with hepatitis C is criticizing the B.C. government for denying lifesaving treatment in what he terms a full-blown epidemic.
Dr. John Farley, an epidemiologist who practises internal medicine in Vancouver and is recognized as an expert in the blood-borne infectious disease, said Pharmacare is routinely denying his patients coverage for antiviral drugs that can cure it.
"At best, I can say it is indifference to an epidemic of huge proportion," Farley said. "It is one of the most serious epidemics we are facing in our community today."