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Hep C patient goes offshore for cure

Hep C patient goes offshore for cure
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By David Loughrey on Sun, 27 Dec 2015

A Dunedin woman who has imported new generation hepatitis C drugs she says will save her life wants to get her message out to others to source them from a ‘‘buyers' club'' in Australia.
Earlier this year, law student Hazel Heal was on the verge of needing a liver transplant, but this week the virus was all but undetectable in blood tests.
Ms Heal bought drugs in Australia for $3800, when in New Zealand they would have cost $84,000.
She found website www., which included information on a buyers' club, where people got together to buy drugs from overseas.
She then had a Skype appointment with Tasmanian GP Dr James Freeman.
That, she said, was ‘‘a good 40-minute appointment - he's very, very thorough'', which required blood results and other medical information.

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