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Hepatitis C

An infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), that attacks liver cells leads to inflammation

Hepatitis C is usually spread when the blood from a person infected with Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.

Many people with Hepatitis C do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. The following symptoms may occur and they include, but not limited to fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, upset stomach, nausea and vomiting, dark urine, grey-colored stool, joint pain, and yellow skin and eyes. Symptoms can occur anytime from 2 weeks to 6 months after infection. Chronic infections occur in up to 85% of cases since patients don’t have symptoms. Chronic infections may lead to cirrhosis and/or liver cancer. Diagnosis usually occurs with blood tests to detect HCV antibodies and how much virus is in your body. With adequate treatment, up to 90% of patients can be cured.

About 1-2% of the population in the United States has chronic HCV infection and about 3% of the world’s population are HCV positive. Prevalence varies greatly among geographic locations with the highest occurrence in Africa, Middle East, Central and East Asia. The incidence of HCV is about 17,000 new infections per year in the United States.

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About 1-2% of the population in the United States has chronic HCV infection and about 3% of the world’s population are HCV positive.

Prior Authorization Support

Quite often, prescription insurance plans require your doctor to obtain a prior authorization for speciality medications. Basically, this means that the medication to treat your condition must be pre-approved before you can receive it. 

The good news is that Premier Pharmacy’s RAPIDx Prior Authorization Program works tirelessly with your doctor to identify and gather the necessary information. In doing so, we free up some time for your doctor and care team so that they can focus on giving you the care and attention you need. 

Financial Assistance Support

Specialty medication therapy can be costly even with insurance coverage. Our experienced and knowledgeable team specialists help patients gain access to funding to help make medication costs more affordable. Some available resources include: 

  • Government funded programs

  • Disease specific foundations

  • Manufacturer assistance programs

  • Co-payment cards

For uninsured patients we assist with enrollment in manufacturer sponsored free drug programs when available. 

Medication & Hepatitis C Information

Hepatitis C Medication List: VERY WELL HEALTH
Hepatitis B Medication List: HEP B ORG
Types of Hepatitis: CDC

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Resources  

Online and in-person local support groups are available for people with hepatitis and for their family or friends. Support groups provide a safe place to share your feelings and to help with the emotional aspect of living with hepatitis. Various support groups are available to suit your needs and some provide  access to a licensed social workers. Some available resources are: 

HEPATITIS EDUCATION PROJECT
THE STI PROJECT

Patient Services

Premier Pharmacy has highly trained staff, who specializes in hepatitis diseases, available  24/7/365. Our Hepatitis Team is dedicated to helping you from the minute we receive your prescription and throughout your journey. 

We are here for you and will: 

  • Partner you with a Treatment Advocate who will serve as your go to person and whom you will have direct access to
  • Work directly with your doctor and insurance to get pre-authorization for your medication so you can start as quickly as possible 
  • Secure funding from manufactures or organization to help cover the cost of the medication  
  • Provide education on your medication and diagnosis