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B.C. government failing to treat hep C epidemic: doctor

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."

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