Empire Specialty Pharmacy Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is an infectious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus, which affects between three to four million people around the globe every year. Though there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, it is considered curable with the right medications.
Hepatitis C Causes
Hepatitis C can be transmitted by transferring blood from one person to another, which is the most common cause, but also from mother to child during birth and through sexual intercourse. The virus cannot be transmitted by casual contact, breast milk, or from sharing foods or beverages.
Hepatitis C Symptoms
For the most part, people infected with Hepatitis C display no visible symptoms.
Because of this, many people go undiagnosed for years until the symptoms of liver damage eventually surface.
People with a chronic condition of Hepatitis C can develop cirrhosis of the liver or even liver cancer as the disease progresses.
A small percentage of people infected with the disease do experience some symptoms, including:
- Body aches
- Dark urine
- Gray facial pallor
- Yellowing of the skin
- Yellowing of the sclera (the white part of the eye).
Hepatitis C Diagnosis
The Hepatitis C virus attacks the liver cells and causes inflammation. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C.
However, the disease is considered curable with the proper antiviral medications.
Despite this fact, over 350,000 people die worldwide each year due to a lack of appropriate antiviral medications or an intolerance to those medications.
Hepatitis C Screening
Screenings for Hepatitis C are recommended for anyone who may be at risk of having Hepatitis C, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
Those people include:
- People born with Hepatitis C
- Sexual partners of people infected with Hepatitis C
- Healthcare professionals in contact with used needles or blood
- Long-term hemodialysis patients
- People with a history of injecting narcotics or other illicit drugs
- People infected with HIV
- Anyone with abnormal liver function tests
Specialty Medications for Hepatitis C
Their mission is to facilitate, advocate, and promote education, support, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease.
Since 2005, HCV Support and it’s dedicated and caring online support members have been providing anonymous online peer support to Hepatitis C patients from all around the globe.
Since 1994, Hepatitis-Central.com has been dedicated to providing in depth and cutting edge information for Hepatitis C patients and their families, caregivers and health professionals. With more than 2,750 pages of useful and helpful Hepatitis C information at Hepatitis-Central.com, you can learn about Hepatitis C and what you can do about it.
Knowledge is power when it comes to taking care of your health. Get information that can make you better prepared to fight your chronic Hepatitis C at Merck Cares.
Empire Specialty Pharmacy
At Empire Specialty Pharmacy, we believe every patient deserves a life free of the symptoms of Hepatitis C. Empire Specialty Pharmacy provides an array of medications to relieve those symptoms.
Contact a pharmacist or specialist today to learn more.