Hepatitis C

Chronic infection with Hepatitis C affects about 3.2 million people1 in the US. The Hepatitis C virus is most often transmitted by contact with infected blood, and results in an infection of the liver. Not all people with Hepatitis C will experience symptoms, or symptoms may be minimal. Early signs of infection may include stomach pain, jaundice (abnormally yellow skin, eyes and urine), itchiness and flu-like symptoms. Hepatitis C may lead to complications such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.

Studies have shown that following and sticking to a medication plan, and not missing any doses, may improve your treatment outcomes. If you have Hepatitis C, talk with your doctor to see if medication therapy is right for you.

Specialty Pharmacy Program for Hepatitis C:

Members using certain medications for Hepatitis C can benefit from our Specialty Pharmacy Program. This program can help you better manage Hepatitis C through the use of a specialty pharmacy, helpful educational materials and access to clinical experts 24 hours a day.

Care or Case Management Programs may also be available through your health plan. To learn more, call the number or visit the Web site found on the back of your health insurance ID card.

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1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed 2/16/2010

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