Needle exchanges coming to 2 Canadian prisons

Corrections Canada will begin 1st phase of its needle exchange program in June. Harm-reduction advocates say the needle exchange program is long overdue, but prison guards say they are wondering what happened to the correctional service's zero-tolerance policy on drugs. (CBC) Inmates at two federal prisons who use injection drugs will have access to clean syringes beginning in June, with the Correctional Service of Canada planning to roll out the service

What it’s like to grow up with a disease that’s kept secret: ‘I felt unclean’

Every family has secrets. For Lindsay Ventura, her mother, and her sister, the secret was a disease. At first it was something they didn’t even know they had, but when they were eventually diagnosed, they decided to keep it to themselves for years out of fear they would be stigmatized for it. The disease was hepatitis C. In 1990, when Ventura was 3 and her older brother was 5, their father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was given six months t

The Week in Review: April 28 – May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 News Recap: HBV: CADTH recommends that tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) be reimbursed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. The CADTH Canadian Drug Expert Committee (CDEC) recommends that tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) be reimbursed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults with compensated liver disease, if the following condition is met: CONDITION: The drug plan cost of TAF should not exceed that of the lowest-cost prepar...

BRIEF: CADTH recommends that tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) be reimbursed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B

IN BRIEF: RECOMMENDATION The CADTH Canadian Drug Expert Committee (CDEC) recommends that tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) be reimbursed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults with compensated liver disease, if the following condition is met: CONDITION: The drug plan cost of TAF should not exceed that of the lowest-cost preparation of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). Read more: https://www.cadth.ca/tenofovir-alafenamide  

This Common Viral Disease Has Plagued Humanity Thousands of Years Longer Than We Thought

Evidence of Hepatitis B has been found in human DNA dating back to the Bronze Age, around 4,500 years ago. We now have proof that it infected humans broadly across Eurasia for millennia, pushing back the earliest evidence we have by thousands of years. Previously, the earliest evidence of Hepatitis B was just 450 years old - and its discovery in a mummified medieval Italian child was only announced earlier this year. A team led by geneticist Eske Wille

Biologic Psoriasis Therapies Pose Limited Risk for Hepatitis B Reactivation

A recent systematic review of the literature has confirmed that biologic therapies can reactivate hepatitis B virus (HBV) in patients with plaque psoriasis.  Although the study found that any prior HBV exposure was associated with the risk for viral reactivation, patients with chronic HBV were far more likely to experience reactivation than those with evidence of HBV exposure but without hepatitis. Antiviral prophylaxis greatly reduced the risk for viral r

Er Nurse Could Have Exposed Thousands of Patients to Hepatitis C Infection, Officials Warn

Officials are urging thousands of patients treated at a hospital in the State of Washington to get tested for Hepatitis C, amid fears two patients contracted the disease from a nurse working in the emergency department. The MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington, warned in a safety alert statement that patients who were treated at the ER between August 4, 2017 and March 23, 2018 could have been exposed to the disease. The hospital is

The Week in Review: April 20 – April 27, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 News Recap: Warnings: Synthetic cannabinoids and Hepatitis A could be a fatal combination. On April 9, 2018, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued a news release – “Use of Synthetic Cannabinoids Linked to Severe Bleeding in the US,” informing the public about the national outbreak of bleeding illnesses among those consuming synthetic cannabinoids which appear to have been contaminated with a long-...

Legislation will prohibit payment for blood and plasma collection

Health Minister Adrian Dix today introduced the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, which will help preserve the integrity of Canada’s public blood and plasma collection system by preventing payment for blood and plasma collection in British Columbia. “Our voluntary blood donation system is an integral resource that helps saves lives thanks to people who graciously donate,” said Dix. “We are taking action to prevent payment for blood and plasma collection, and

Pilot program connects Vancouver immigrant communities with hepatitis C treatment

On the second floor of an immigrant settlement agency in Richmond, B.C., Gigi Lo delivered her first presentation on hepatitis C and HIV to a class of English as a Second Language students Wednesday. The United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society, or SUCCESS, sits in a new building near the Richmond Centre mall. That day, late spring sunshine poured into the classroom through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Delivering communicable disease educa