Greg Jefferys Hepatitis C blog deals with all the issues associated with hepatitis C
The thing about Hepatitis C is that it is everywhere on earth. There is not a single nation on the planet that does not have at least one percent of its population infected with Hep C. But some countries have much higher rates of Hepatitis C infection and Romania is one of those. Romania has the highest Hep c infection rate in Europe. Across the entire Romanian population between 4% and 5% of people are infected with Hepatitis C. In higher risk groups the infection rate is at least triple that. Despite the high infection rates access to Hepatitis C treatment in Romania is difficult and expensive.
In Romania, which is a socialist country like France and Italy, there is a government-run national health service. However the Romanian national health service is chronically underfunded which results in Romanians with Hepatitis C being treated with Interferon + Ribavirin despite the fact that it is not the most effective Hep C treatment. The reason for this is simply that Interferon + Ribavirin is a very cheap Hepatitis C treatment. Basically the big pharmaceutical companies that make Interferon are using countries like Romania and Serbia as dumping grounds for the stocks of Interferon and Ribavirin.
So people with Hep C in Romania have a choice of being treated with highly toxic Interferon that may cause permanent injury and give about a 50% chance of curing the Hep C. Or putting up with the Hep C or importing generic Hepatitis C drugs from some other country.
Fortunately, Romania does allow the importation of generic Hepatitis C treatment into Romania if the patient has a prescription from a Romanian doctor.
However, the availability and effectiveness of generic Hep C treatment is not publicized in Romania. This means people are worried that they will get ripped off when they order generic Harvoni, or some other Hep C drug, online.
This situation leads to many people living in terrible suffering and dying even though the cure is available and affordable.
Recently I received an email from a woman whose mother had Hepatitis C. She contacted me about getting generic Harvoni sent to Romania but was so worried that I was running some kind of online scam that she did not go through with the purchase.
She wrote to me recently, some time after the death of her mother:
….Don’t know how to start….
I’m Katrina from Bucharest…
4 years ago, you were in a deep battle to supply all kind of antivirals to the people around the world at low prices…
…I was in a deep battle to keep my mom alive…
That was the time when I found you. We crossed our lives for a while, and now when I’m passing over the messages from those days, this brings back so sad…..sooooo heavy…..memories..in me.
My mom lost the battle in autumn 2017. You sent me the Harvoni in 2016, I think. But I coudn’t find any doctor brave enough in assisting me to start the treatment. The doctors only offered Interferon treatment and they all told me is to late for her and that Interferon would kill her.
When I suggested buying the generic Harvoni from you they told me that the medicine was probably fake and by using it I will kill her sooner…
So…I was a rat and I took their advices.. and didn’t give her the pills.
She died in an awful condition. The last days of her life she spent in a man hospital room, with WC broken spreading urine on the floor. Nearby while the hospital had another empty room that was kept only for VIP, relatives of the doctors, or people with money… She got also a nosocomial infection with Chlostridium that the doctor… that I was injected my last money… said he doesn’t know anything about it…and turned his back. He did not care.
At that point I took my mom home , she died few days later in my arms…
I am very sorry I did not give her your pills…
Fortunately, not all the stories from Romania are like this. People do their research and realize that the generic Hep C medicines from India are identical to the expensive brand versions and that I am worthy of their trust. So I do send generic Harvoni to Romania occasionally and the results are happy ones.
I would like to share one of the happy results from a recent email conversation thread from Romania:
On Wed, 18 Feb 2020
My name is Marina and I am from Romania.
I am writing you for my mother, Doreena ####, who has Hepatitis C with advanced cirrhosis and ascites.
The swelling of her abdomen from the ascites is very bad and she is much distressed by it.
I understand you can help us get the needed Hepatitis C medication sent to Romania.
I can send you tomorrow all the medical reports my mother has and also the prescription for Harvoni.
Can you please let me know if there is any other information I need to send?
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you,
Thanks for writing to me on your mother’s behalf.
Because you have the prescription there is no problem sending the licensed generic Harvoni to Romania.
I have sent Hepatitis C medicine to Romania many times.
Shipping to Romania is by DHL and takes about 7 days from receipt of payment. The price, including shipping is 3,500 leu.
I will send my bank details by a separate email.
You only need to email me a copy of the prescription, your shipping address and your contact phone number.
Once we have these things shipping will happen within 48 hours of receipt of payment.
Your mother should find that the ascites improves quite quickly. The Cirrhosis will take longer to improve but with a healthy lifestyle and diet your mother should make a 100% recovery
Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly.
I have attached the medical prescription. I hope is ok.
The shipping address is:
##### Romania, Postal code: 50####
Phone number: +######
I can also send the money today as soon as I have the bank account details.
I’ve just sent the money. The estimated date when you will receive them is 24 of February, but I hope you will get them sooner.
I’ve sent the amount of 3500 lei. I am not sure how the conversion will be done. If you receive less than necessary, just let me know.
Thank you for what you are doing! It crushed my heart when my mother bursted into tears when the doctor told us she is not eligible for the Romanian national hepatitis C treatment. Thanks to you she can now be treated and hopefully she will heal completely.
The conversion is done automatically by the bank.
Usually the transfers from Romania take about 24 hours but the banks always say longer.
I am very astounded that your mother could not get the Hepatitis C treatment from the Romanian government but the issue is the prices charged by the big Pharmaceutical companies. These high prices are bankrupting health services around the world.
I will let you know as soon as the funds arrive
I just received the confirmation that the transfer was completed successfully.
I also attached the confirmation. The money should be in your account now.
The transfer does not show in my account as yet, however I expect it will arrive later today.
I will email you an update as soon as possible.
Are the money still not showing in your account?
Can you please check and let me know? I am worried something might had happened between banks.
I have just checked – your transfer has not arrived yet.
I also looked at the copy of the transaction and noticed that your bank omitted the BSB – Bank State Branch – number which is 017214.
Please can you check with your bank if the number can be added.
Sorry about the inconvenience.
On Mon, 24 Feb 2020 at 10:14, Marina D wrote:
Thank you for the update.
I think it was an omission from my side. I am sorry about that.
I let the bank know that the BSB is missing and if they can add that. I will let you know as soon as I have an update.
Ok, so the bank told me everything should be fine without the BSB as well. It just takes a little bit longer for the transfer to be processed apparently.
They told me tomorrow the money should arrive in your account.
I will contact them again tomorrow if that’s still not the case.
I am sorry to bother you again with this, but I just wanted to make sure there is still no sign of the money in order to contact the bank again.
Nothing has been received yet.
Usually transfers take 24 hours and sometimes longer but this is very much longer than normal
You definitely should check with the bank. I suggest using TransferWise. It has a good App and is cheaper than the banks.
27th Feb 2020
I am writing you with (finally) good news. After a lot of discussions with my bank it seems something happened with my transfer but fortunately the money got back to me today.
I’ve sent them again to you using TransferWise this time. The money will come from Marina #######.
Tomorrow in the afternoon you should receive them.
Thank you and I am sorry for the inconvenience.
The transfer has arrived and your order has been processed a short while ago. Attached is your invoice/receipt.
TransferWise is definitely better and cheaper than using a bank for money transfers!
I will email you the tracking number within 48 hours.
Great news! Thank you very much!
6th March 2020
The tracking number is EM#########IN
IN approx. 3 business days you can track the package on this web site:
On Wed, 11th March 2020
I am writing you to let you know that today I received the package and my mother will start the treatment tomorrow.
Thank you so much for everything!
I will write you after she takes the entire treatment to let you know the results.
Please, in case you ever need any help to provide people from Romania the treatment let me know. My husband and I would be more than happy to help!
I am attaching a picture with me and my mother from today 🙂
On Wed, 11 Mar 2020 at 23:36, greg jefferys <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks for letting me know that you have received the medication.
Please find some guidelines for taking generic Harvoni that may be of use to your mother
18th June 2020
I am writing to let you know that my mom finished the medication and that she’s cured!!
She just finished the tests and her doctor was impressed how well she responded to the medication.
She is feeling good, her liver is starting to heal, the ascites fluid is gone (this was one of the first outcomes actually) and the result of the quantitative viremia test for HEP C is undetectable. No more HEP C!
Of course, she will repeat the test after 3 months but I am very confident that she will be ok.
There are no words to express our gratitude for what you did for us and what you continue to do for all the people that either cannot afford the medication in their country or they are not eligible for the national program.
Thank you and wish you all the best!