Read the article “New drugs cure hepatitis C” on page A1 of the
Sunday, April 13, 2014 edition of The Seattle Times.
Number Hunt: Match each statement with its corresponding number from the
of people impacted by HCV yearly.
weeks it takes for new medication to rid people of HCV.
per tablet of sofosbuvir.
U.S. deaths to be averted thanks to hepatitis C cure.
people worldwide infected with HCV?
HCV was identified by scientists.
HCV infections accounted for by baby boomers.
the type of medications called that are utilized against HCV?
organ does HCV harm?
the advantages of the new medications available to fight HCV over other
the challenges associated with the already existing treatments for HCV?
most baby boomers (Americans aged 50 - 68) contract HCV?
of HCV patients are most likely to receive the new medications first?
Prompts and Extensions
article makes mention of the parallels between the discovery of antibiotics
in the 20th century that destroy bacteria and antiviral medications that
kill viruses today. Construct a table that demonstrates the differences
between bacteria and viruses. Next, using your table and critical thinking
skills; explain why you think scientists have had a more difficult time
finding treatments for viruses than bacteria.
Questions: The high cost for the newly developed HCV medications are such
that only some of the current individuals infected will be able to receive
treatment. Do you think it is fair that some, but not all patients with HCV
can be treated by this new cure? What efforts do you think should be made
to bring down the cost so all patients with HCV can have access to the new
medication? Use this video clip to help frame your discussion
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