In Romania, Janssen has committed itself to making the country an example of how to tackle and combat hepatitis C by 2020. This ambitious plan of Janssen started in 2012 and seeks to go from 5,000 annual patient treatments per year to 60-80,000 treatments via a public-private collaboration.
To deal with this in an efficient, innovative and sustainable way, a new integrated model is needed which covers all the relevant aspects: the efficiency of the HCV diagnosis and treatment process, the logistics, recognition of the problem among the general public in the health care field and by policy-makers.
Hepatitis C infections occurred in the early 1990s in Romania mainly through unsafe medical and dental procedures, (illegal) abortions and unsafe blood transfusions. Hepatitis C is very common in Romania, annual screenings are limited and only 1% of cases are treated. The budget required to treat 10% of all cases would swallow up large part of the national health care budget.