The Week in Review: April 21, 2017 – April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 News Recap Canada New Canadian Testing Guidelines Released: On April 24, 2017, The Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care (CTFPHC) published its HCV Screening Guidelines in the CMAJ. The guidelines make the recommendation to continue screening those with known risk factors, but does not include a recommendation to screen the age cohort born between 1945-1975, which has been recommended by many of Canada’s top liver sp...

The Week in Review: April 14, 2017 – April 21, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 News Recap Canada Well the last report from the final leg of HepCBC’s Road Trip to BC’s Interior 2017 is in. What a journey!! – and so much work!! This report focusses on events in the Kootenay region of BC, and I’m really impressed at how much Rosemary and Cheryl were able to accomplish!  Amazing. Awareness of hepatitis C in BC’s more remote and small communities is growing and this is due to the hard work of the many advocat...

Weekly Bull March 2017

The Week in Review: March 31, 2017 – April 7, 2017 Friday, April-7-17 News Recap Good news in Alberta, which has just signed a deal similar to those in BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec! In the USA, Harvoni and sofosbuvir have been approved for pediatric use!!! It's about time! And both Italy and Brazil have taken steps to increase access to treatment for citizens who cannot afford the current medicines: Italy, by allowing importation of generics, ...

The Week in Review: March 31, 2017 – April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017 News Recap Canada Effective April 2017, Alberta Health has expanded access to treatments for hepatitis C in line with what the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Québec have just done (Alberta expands drug coverage for hepatitis C patients). As Dr. Shafran, who is clearly worried about continued restrictions, says, “The funders have now opened the doors to let us treat people with mild liver disease … if ...

The Week in Review: March 24, 2017 – March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017 News Recap Canada Good news from Saskatchewan this week: The Sask. Ministry of Health has signed a deal similar to those in BC, Ontario and Quebec and will soon be paying for six new drugs. The province estimates 12,000 people suffer from HepC in the province (Saskatchewan expands coverage for 6 hepatitis C drugs). Bad news from Calgary, Alberta: Alberta Health Services has shut down an illegal dental clinic in Calgary that...

The Week in Review: March 17, 2017 – March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017 News Recap Well, if you've been up to our site and seen the daily news posts you will have seen that new drug access policies have now come into effect in BC and Quebec, as well as Ontario. It looks like the slate is the same for these 3 provinces, and we are listing what's available in BC so you can make sense of it.  For more information on the expanded access criteria in Quebec see here, and in particular the note from CD. ...

The Week in Review: March 10, 2017 – March 17, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 News Recap Top of the news this week is a report from Cheryl Reitz who has just embarked on another Outreach Road Trip to BC's rural, remote, and First Nations communities.  The report this week covers Lytton, Spences Bridge and Cache Creek. The report is very detailed and we have included a slide show. Rural/Remote/Indigenous Hepatitis C Outreach 2017 – Part 1 Other News: Will they ever learn? Many years ago several senior...

The Week in Review: March 3, 2017 – March 10, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017 News Recap Seven Big Events in Six Days! A whirlwind of activity in three far-flung cities for HepCBC: 2 events in Vancouver, 3 in Banff, and 2 in Prince George!! March 1st – We had a busy info booth at Langara College's Nursing Dept. Health Fair, one in which challenges of the current opioid epidemic were featured. March 2nd – Our Vice President and Action Hepatitis Canada Steering Committee Representative, Delvin Gri...

Weekly Bull February 2017

The Week in Review: Feb 24, 2017 – March 3, 2017 Friday, March-3-17 News Recap Top of the news is an upcoming conference/webinar to be held in Prince George that will examine the question: “Does care for hepatitis C in rural/remote areas differ from that in urban parts of our province, and if so, how?” On March 6th (11 am – noon), researchers from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will try to answer these questions. More news about treatment a...

The Week in Review: Feb 24, 2017 – March 3, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017 News Recap Top of the news is an upcoming conference/webinar to be held in Prince George that will examine the question:  “Does care for hepatitis C in rural/remote areas differ from that in urban parts of our province, and if so, how?”  On March 6th (11 am – noon), researchers from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will try to answer these questions. Núria Chapinal, PhD, an epidemiologist in BCCDC’s Clinical Prevention ...