- Concise – Clinical Guidance for Treating Hepatitis C Virus Infection: a summary
- In depth – Australian Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: a consensus statement
- TGA Alert – Hepatitis B Reactivation
- HEP Drug Interactions Checker from the University of Liverpool
Prescribing by GPs
- GPs may prescribe direct-acting antivirals. Visit SA Health Community Prescribing for more information.
- Hepatitis SA information portal for hepatitis C treatment prescribers.
- Concise – Quick reference – Australasian Hepatology Association consensus guidelines for the provision of adherence support to patients with hepatitis C on direct acting antivirals
- In depth – The Australasian Hepatology Association consensus guidelines for the provision of adherence support to patients with hepatitis C on direct acting antivirals
Script Management & Dose Reminders
Smartphone and tablet apps are available for this purpose. Examples include:
- MedAdvisor – used by Amcal+, Chemplus, Chemist King
- The Chemist Warehouse has their own app
- NPS MedicineWise – has paper and web based lists as well as an app.
Cost of Medicine
- PBS fees and safety net threshold
- The Closing the Gap PBS copayment measure provides further assistance for ATSI patients
A map showing pharmacies known to dispense hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals is available on the Hepatitis SA website.
Online: Patients are able to order online from pharmacies that offer this service if they prefer not to visit a pharmacy in person. However, it is important that they consider how they will manage:
- Temperature control – Medicines shouldn’t be left in a hot mailbox for an extended period. Improperly stored medicines may not be as effective.
- Script continuity – The online ordering process takes time. The script must be posted once the order is placed, the chemist may need to order the medicine from their supplier which may take up to 48 hours and then the medicine needs to be delivered. Missing doses may make treatment less effective.
Advanced Liver Disease