The Week in Review: February 2 – February 9, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018 News Recap: Epidemiology: CTAC Launches Campaign to End Hepatitis C in Canada. The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) has published a white paper entitled, "The time has come to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada," which summarizes the increasing gaps in Canada's response to the hepatitis C epidemic and identifies seven calls-to-action. #EASLmono: Expanding the conversation on hepatitis elimination. The recent European...

HCV hospitalizations increasing among baby boomers, men, drug users

“As the baby boomers are aging, hepatitis C is truly affecting them,” Ngo-Metzger said. “They had hepatitis C before, but now they're in this middle age group where you're seeing them hospitalized.” By demographic, other significant increases in hospitalization for HCV compared with hospitalization for other indications included men (61.5% vs. 47.9%), African-American patients (26.1% vs. 14%), Hispanic patients (10.1% vs. 7.9%), patients on Medicaid (38.1

HCV+ Baby Boomers with HCC increasing demand for Liver Transplant; may force changes in treatment plans

The December, 2012 issue of the journal Liver Transplantation discusses the rapidly-increasing demand for liver transplant among HCV+ Americans born between 1941 and 1960. 4% of this birth cohort is HCV+, compared to 1% for the US population as a whole. As this HCV+ population ages, the dangers of advanced cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) increase dramatically. 41% of those on the liver transplant list are HCV+, and of these the number who also