A decade ago, American doctors and nurses were among the first in the world to prescribe drugs to treat hepatitis C, a disease that had spread through the United States, particularly in rural areas.
Now, in many cases, patients can get no treatment at all and end up dying.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in America’s hospitals, where there are thousands of hepatitis C treatments and many of them have been shown to be ineffective, according to a report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Hospitals have failed to test patients for hepatitis C and failed to follow up on the treatments they prescribe.
In a series of tests, the CDC found that some patients with chronic hepatitis C were receiving treatments that failed to achieve their stated goals.
And some were receiving treatment with higher doses of antiviral drugs than they were prescribed.
As a result, a lot of people in the United State may never have gotten the best outcome for their chronic hepatitis.
In some cases, doctors who treat chronic hepatitis are putting patients at greater risk for death.
In many cases that meant patients with cirrhosis, which can lead to liver failure, kidney failure and death.
And many of those patients had received treatments that had failed to meet their prescribed goals, the report found.
The problem, says Dr. Paul E. Ehrlich, who heads the Center on Drug Evaluation and Research at the National Institutes of Health, is that many of these drugs are no longer approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency that regulates the drug industry.
Many of these products have been around for a long time and have been in use for decades.
Some of them, like the Sovaldi drug, have already been used for decades, and there are no plans to stop making them.
“There is no reason to stop,” says Ehrich, who was not involved in the study.
“The question is, why are we continuing to make these drugs?”
For the report, researchers used a database of nearly 20,000 drug reviews that were published from 2000 to 2009.
They analyzed all the drug reviews of patients diagnosed with chronic HCV.
They also examined how many people in each state were receiving Sovaldi and the results of those reviews.
The researchers also looked at the results from clinical trials that were designed to measure efficacy of the drug.
They looked at all the trials in all the states.
The result was startling: Many of the drugs that patients were receiving did not achieve the goal of reducing the risk of death or dying.
There were several factors that contributed to this failure, including a lack of adequate testing and testing that was done by people who weren’t doctors, not doctors who were trained in the field.
It also took a long period of time for the drugs to show their effectiveness.
Many people were taking Sovaldi for years, often for as long as six months, and it wasn’t clear that it would stop the disease from progressing.
That didn’t help patients who had been on antiviral medications for years.
Some were also taking other treatments that didn’t seem to work.
The authors found that in a lot the states, patients were not getting any benefit from the drugs.
And that is why Sovaldi failed.
There is no doubt that Sovaldi is effective at reducing the chance of death and death, but the drugs were not tested for effectiveness and they didn’t have a good safety record, says Ehllich.
He said the problem is not that people are taking them but that doctors are not being trained to use them effectively.
“This is a huge problem in the way medicine is practiced in this country,” he says.
Many states have made it more difficult for patients to get the best results for their conditions.
They have also made it harder for them to get any drugs approved by FDA.
The report is an update to the earlier study, published in 2013, which looked at Sovaldi in 20 states.
Ehlich says that, even after a decade of research, the data is not very good.
In that study, Sovaldi was shown to reduce the risk for liver failure by half in some people, but that didn, in fact, work for the majority of people.
The new study, Ehrick says, found that there was no clear evidence that Sovadi had any benefit at all for chronic hepatitis, either.
“It’s a pretty disappointing result,” he said.
“We had a pretty good safety history in the U.S. for Sovaldi.”