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[e-drug] Australia: Drug firms fund disease awareness (cont'd)

E-drug: Australia: Drug firms fund disease awareness (cont'd)

>A drug company used a public relations firm to set up an expert
>medical board to persuade people they needed hepatitis A and B
>vaccinations. The company was not interested in raising
>awareness about hepatitis C because it did not sell a vaccine for
>the disease.

Just a detail of importance: so far there is no hepatitis C vaccine.
The only strategy for patients with the disease is a treatment
relying on ribavirine + interferon (both available interferon being
marketed by Roche and Schering Plough).

Of course this remark doesn't make meaningless the relevance of
the issue raised by the Australian paper, in any way.

Patrice Trouiller
Ministry of Health
e-mail: pat.trouiller@netclub.mg

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