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  • ferstm00 ferstm00 Nov 11, 2011 3:00 PM Flag

    What a comparison?

    I was on interferron and ribivirran three separate times for 9 mos-14 mos at a time in a desperate attempt to rid myself from HCV which was decomposing my liver. Finally, my doctors said to go through it again, but this time in a blind trial with Vertex's telaprevir. Although, I suffered through many injections of interferron over the eight year period, the last of which had me taking one injection everyday for 11 months, it did not deter me or my doctors from having me go through it again with this promising addition. The side effects were just a minor inconvenience for the accomplishment of ridding myself of this awfull disease. I am happy to say, that 4 1/2 years later, I am totally cured and my liver is on the mend.

    The point is that what self-respecting doctor would advise his patient to wait for 2 yrs just in case one of these all-oral candidates, versus what contined damage HCV could wreak during this time? And what patient would want to take that chance? In this life, you get cured while you can and we all know it. By the time, the all-orals come out, the pickings could be slim since Vertex and Maersk will have seriously depleted the existing sufferers .

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