Sofosbuvir (also known as Sovaldi) is recommended as a possible treatment for adults with some types (called genotypes) of chronic hepatitis C. It is taken with other drugs (peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, or ribavirin alone). See table 1.

Table 1 Sofosbuvir treatment

Type of hepatitis C Sofosbuvir with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin Sofosbuvir with ribavirin alone
Genotype 1 Recommended by NICE Not recommended by NICE
Genotype 2 Not licensed

Recommended only if:

  • the person’s hepatitis C has not been treated before and they cannot have interferon or
  • the person’s hepatitis C has been treated before but has not responded well enough.
Genotype 3

Recommended only if:

  • the person’s hepatitis C has not been treated before and they have cirrhosis or
  • the person’s hepatitis C has been treated before but has not responded well enough.
Recommended only if the person has cirrhosis and cannot have interferon.
Genotype 4, 5 or 6 Recommended only if the person has cirrhosis. Not recommended by NICE

What does this mean for me?

If sofosbuvir (with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, or ribavirin alone) is recommended for you and your doctor thinks that it is the right treatment, you should be able to have the treatment on the NHS.

If you are not eligible for treatment as described above, you should be able to continue taking sofosbuvir (with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, or ribavirin alone) until you and your doctor decide it is the right time to stop.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.

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