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World J Gastroenterol. Nov 21, 2015; 21(43): 12510-12512
Published online Nov 21, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i43.12510
Hepatitis C eradication: A long way to go
Yasir Waheed
Yasir Waheed, Foundation University Medical College, Foundation University Islamabad, Islamabad 46000, Pakistan
Author contributions: Waheed Y solely contributed to the article.
Conflict-of-interest statement: No conflict of interest declared.
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Correspondence to: Yasir Waheed, PhD, Foundation University Medical College, Foundation University Islamabad, DHA Phase I, Islamabad 46000, Pakistan. yasir_waheed_199@hotmail.com
Telephone: +92-300-5338171
Received: June 4, 2015
Peer-review started: June 6, 2015
First decision: July 10, 2015
Revised: July 28, 2015
Accepted: September 14, 2015
Article in press: September 15, 2015
Published online: November 21, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: With the availability of new direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C virus (HCV), some people think that eradication of HCV may be only one step away. There are a number of issues that need to be overcome to win the fight against HCV. Although the cost of HCV treatment is reduced for certain countries, cost remains a big problem for low and middle income countries for the treatment of a large number of patients. In low income countries, 47% of blood transfusions are from laboratories with no quality management in place. There is a lack of knowledge and awareness about HCV among healthcare providers, policy makers, general public, and at risk populations.