Chemist cant get new stock. How long can I interrupt my treatment till they get some Harvoni back in Sydney?
Harvoni Treatment Interrupted?
Added 11 Aug 2016:
One chemist says an interruption of 1 to 3 days shouldnt be too bad as your body has already a load of the drug in the body.
Another GP says there shouldnt be any interruption as it might favour a rebound from the virus. (!!!)
I am about to start my 3rd month of the treatment
Anyway, if in 2 days there's no new stock, I should probably give to call the RPA in Sydney (?).
Any comment welcome. I am amazed such an important drug can get out of stock.
Its very high price ($20.000 per month) must be the reason for such delivery tightness
Hi Mr Mushroom, I'm amazed too and would be concerned if I were in your shoes also. I elected to collect mine (Harvoni) from a local pharmacy instead of the Flinders Liver clinic in Adelaide. I did have to get my Ribavirin from the Hospital however as it got mucked up by the PBS and is not subsidised by the PBS at the moment (I have no idea who pays the rest).
Considering the cost of Harvoni, as you mentioned, AUD $22,213.54 per month and that we have a maximum time limit on treatment (12 weeks) it may be worthwhile checking with local chain pharmacies although they require 3 to 7 days to fill a script and an authority to supply. Maybe we should have better instructions prior to treatment here (Australia that is).
I asked about the new one from Gilead; Epclusa, but was told there was no guarantee it would be listed next year and I didn't have the luxury of waiting 2 years. Oh well.
Wishing you the very best and take care, Steve
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