The word hepatitis comes from the Greek word “hepatos,” and means an inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. According to the CDC, the contagious Hepatitis C virus is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the US, where nearly 3.2 million people have chronic HCV infections.
Among the several disease states that we cover, HPC Specialty Pharmacy offers several drug therapies for patients with Hepatitis C. A complete care pharmacy, HPC also offers these patients access to essential services that can improve their quality of life as well as the medical outcomes of their therapy.
Hepatitis Types and Specialized Treatment
There are several types of hepatitis. The most common – Hepatitis A, B, and C – are caused by distinct viruses that present with similar symptoms, but that affect the liver differently.
Hepatitis A is a short-term infection from which people can improve without treatment. Hepatitis B and C, however, begin as acute infections but can become chronic, resulting in long-term liver problems and sometimes associated conditions not limited to the liver, such as diabetes. The CDC reports that as many as 75%-85% of those who become infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) develop a chronic infection. There are vaccines for Hepatitis A and B, but no vaccine exists for Hepatitis C.
Treatment for acute and chronic Hepatitis C includes a variety of dedicated specialty medications. As with most treatment therapies for chronic conditions, patients’ compliance with the treatment is critical for the best possible outcomes. HPC’s comprehensive system of care is an important component of our offering – and ensures adherence to therapy through collaboration and coordination of care, patient education, and other vital services.
HPC offers the following specialty therapies for the treatment of Hepatitis C:
- Viekira Pak™
- Viekira Pak XR™
Ensuring Best Outcomes
HPC provides the specialty therapies and the broad range of patient services designed to help patients with Hepatitis C achieve the best possible medical outcomes.
Visit the following sites for additional information on Hepatitis C: