Please can you outline the major findings of the recent report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU): ‘Tackling hepatitis C: Moving towards an integrated policy approach’?
As with ‘The silent pandemic: Tackling hepatitis C with policy innovation,’ which was published in January 2013, this report highlights that the hepatitis C virus
(HCV) is a serious public health issue. We at Janssen are committed to
being a positive catalyst in the fight towards tackling this disease.
The report also revealed that many countries around the world have
been somewhat slow to respond with national policies on hepatitis C,
despite the recent government pledges to fight the disease. I think some
countries are doing something, but, in an ideal world, it would be nice
if they could do more.
Thirdly, in terms of the main takeaways from the report, with a peak
in the hepatitis C related complications expected in the 2020-2025 time
frame, it is imperative to take action now in order to prevent a steep
increase in HCV related liver cancer and mortality.