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Inside This Issue: Treatment by Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners? Two Epidemics, Two Cascades of Care? HBV & HCC Reactivation Request for Patient Input for Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir Sunvepra Gets NOC Expert Dr’s Statement Shocks Generics Equivalent in Efficacy and Safety to Name-Brand DAAs Watch for Bus Ads in Northern BC GT1a Peaked in 1950s: New Research Money Grab from Blood Scandal Victim Fund http://h

Rare disease gene has a key role in chronic hepatitis C infection

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) hijacks the host's fat metabolism for its own survival, growth, and transport in the human body. A study published on April 28th in PLOS Pathogens identifies a host gene involved in the formation of HCV virus particles and helps explain why humans with a rare mutation in the gene have problems with their fat metabolism. Lipid droplets are are involved in the regulation of fat storage and metabolism and found in the body´s fat...

U.S.: New York Medicaid to cover hepatitis C treatment

State Medicaid to implement change within 30 days An influential prescription-drug review board voted Wednesday to have the state's Medicaid program cover all drugs for hepatitis C before patients are in advanced stages of illness. The state Department of Health plans to implement the change within 30 days. It will let Medicaid recipients in fee-for-service plans receive the same coverage that most private health insurers in New York now allow, followi

Canadian Blood Services CEO must resign: OPSEU

TORONTO, April 26, 2016 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is calling for the resignation of Canadian Blood Services CEO Dr. Graham Sher. The call comes after media reports revealed that CBS won't rule out paying Canadians for plasma donations. "Dr. Sher has lost the public's trust and should step down," says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.  "The fact that CBS would even consider paying people for their plasma is in direct contra