I discussed with my liver specialist nurse, before she met with NHS team/specialists to decide the best drugs/treatment for me, why I felt Abbvie Viekira Pak, was not my first choice of treatment for my HCV based on medical reasons specific to me...This was after doing some research on the new drugs for HCV for my genotype 1b. I felt Harvoni was a better choice for me.
. The liver specialist had said they would be putting me on Abbvie drugs with Ribavirin...I wrote to my liver specialist nurse that Ribavirin was not necessary as I was borderline cirrhotic amongst three other medical reasons why it was risky ...so they decided to give me AbbVie but, without Ribavirin...as it is the NHS drug of choice for my genotype 1b not Harvoni.
I appealed again to my liver specialist nurse why I felt Harvoni was a better choice of drug for me ...my liver specialist nurse got back to me and told me, after further consideration, the NHS have decided to treat me with Harvoni, (no Ribavirin)! Hooray, best Christmas present ever...my liver specialist nurse has been so supportive and understands how important it is to me to get this right so I stick with the treatment and clear this virus. I start treatment in January..will get dates on 5 January at pre- treatment consultation. Happy Christmas everyone!