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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

An estimated 3- 4 million persons in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C virus infection. Most people do not know they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick. Approximately 75%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection. At Premier Pharmacy we are pleased to offer the new direct-acting oral agents capable of curing hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The side effects of these new drugs are fewer and the duration of treatment is shorter . Our clinical pharmacy team has years of experience in the treatment of and education about Hepatitis. We are keenly aware of health issues that may arise or change while on treatment , so we stay in contact with you to monitor treatment and prevent drug – drug interactions.

Premier Pharmacy dedicates a treatment advocate and a Prior Authorization specialist to you to ensure that your insurance company will provide coverage of your medication through a Prior Authorization or TAR for medication not included on the list of normally covered drugs or specialty drugs such as these. We don’t stop there, we continue to work for you with the manufacturer or a foundation, if need be, in order to ensure that your medication costs are not burdensome. At Premier Pharmacy, we support you to the cure.

There are options for treatment dependent on your specific genotype. The guidelines for Hepatitis C treatment in adults is changing constantly with the advent of new therapies and other developments. The most up to date recommendations for treatment are available here.

Referral Form

Hepatitis C Referral Form

RX Referral form provided is for the use of authorized prescribers only.

Treatment

Approved treatments for Hepatitic C Virus (HCV):

Daklinza
Harvoni
Olysio
Pegasys
Pegintron
RibaPak
Sovaldi
Technivie
Viekira Pak


Many people still have questions. The following links are designated to provide you with more information about the disease:

Signs/Symptoms
Causes/Risk Factor
Diagnosis
Treatment
Related Problems

Health and Wellness


Protect the Liver
Individuals with Hepatitis C can still live a full and active life with changes in their lifestyle. They can protect the liver and manage Hepatitis C with the following steps:

Stay on Track
Hepatitis C treatment helps fight the virus only if it is taken as prescribed. Do not stop or change medication without talking to your prescriber first. Individuals taking Hepatitis C medication can follow the guidelines below to help stay on track with prescribed regimen:

Prevent Transmission
Individuals with Hepatitis C can help prevent the virus from spreading to others by:

CoInfection

Many in our population served live with both HIV & Hepatitis C or HIV & Hepatitis B or HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C. AASLD (American Association For the Study Of Liver Disease) with IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America) in collaboration with the International Antiviral Society – USA (IAS-USA) have developed guidelines for treating this unique patient population. In each instance our Clinical Pharmacist monitor HIV antiretroviral drug switches with the HIV practitioner to ensure no drug – drug interactions or interruptions of antiretroviral therapy occur. At Premier Pharmacy we gladly provide ongoing medication management for these patients. Our pharmacy staff is available for 24 hour support.

Many in our population served live with both HIV & Hepatitis C and HIV & Hepatitis B. We gladly provide medication management for these patients as well.