India’s drug tourism flourishes

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under News, SOUTH ASIA

NEW DELHI, 7 March 2016: When doctors told Australian Greg Jefferys he had Hepatitis C and the disease was destroying his liver, the devastating diagnosis was compounded by the cost of a cure.

Unable to afford Sovaldi, hailed as a miracle drug, the 61-year-old flew to India, one of a growing army of patients seeking out low-cost, life-saving medicines on the subcontinent.

Their illnesses vary — Hepatitis C, cancer and HIV are among the most common — but they are almost always desperate, seeing in India their only hope to save their life or that of a loved one. Read more