This Monday, May 2nd, from 11 AM to 12 PM (PDT/in BC) / 2 PM to 3 PM (EDT/in Ontario), the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) will be hosting a webinar about the exciting new hep C treatment sofosbuvir/velpatasvir.
Following the webinar, there will be a survey to collect information that will help them write a patient input report for sofosbuvir/velpatasvir’s Common Drug Review. CTAC’s sofosbuvir/velpatasvir survey is different from PHCN’s patient input survey or PHCN’s loved ones/caregivers survey. Please consider filling out the still available PHCN survey that was created for you as well as CTAC’s survey.
Registration for the CTAC webinar is required to attend. Click here to register and for more information about the webinar.
The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC)
CTAC is a Canadian non-governmental organization led by and for people living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection. Since 1996, they have been working to secure and ensure equitable, affordable, and timely access to treatment and care and support for people in Canada living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection.
Patient Group Input Reports Requested by CADTH’s Common Drug Reviews
Within the Canadian drug approval process, Health Canada first evaluates a drug’s safety, clinical effectiveness, and its manufacturing process. The Common Drug Review (CDR) by CADTH then assesses the treatment’s clinical and cost-effectiveness as it compares to other treatments.
During Common Drug Reviews, CADTH requests patient input reports. These patient input reports help ensure that health outcomes and issues important to patients are incorporated into the Common Drug Review process in a formal and meaningful way.
Sofosbuvir/velpatasvir is an all-pill, short-course (sometimes only 8 weeks), interferon-free treatment that can be taken with or without ribavirin. In Phase 3 clinical trials, sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (with or without ribavirin) cured an overall 99% of those with genotype 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6 hep C and was found to be well tolerated by patients.
“This drug regimen changes the standard of care in treating patients with HCV. We can now cure almost everyone with a very simple treatment,” said Dr. Jordan Feld, a liver specialist at Toronto Western Hospital.