More than 100,000 Americans are on the organ donor list, and the vast majority need kidneys. Around 17,000 Americans actually receive a kidney transplant every year, while almost 5,000 die waiting.
New research has reported that new DAA drugs may hold the key to making many more organs available to waiting patients.
The current guidelines and DAA drugs
Under the current guidelines, hepatitis C virus (HCV) positive organs may not be transplanted into healthy patients. The adverse effects of infecting a transplant recipient with HCV outweigh the benefits of receiving the organ.