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...

Cdn Minister of Health replies to HepCBC request for Testing Guidelines release

The following letter to HepCBC from Canada's Health Minister, Rona Ambrose, was received recently. It explains the Ministry's reason for delaying its release of new federal Hepatitis C Screening Guidelines, which will likely include some recommendation for adding "age-cohort" testing to the guidelines while retaining current "risk-based" testing. While the exact age-cohort "window" for what is also called "Baby Boomer" testing is still to be determined, it

More Canadian Liver Specialists Stress Urgency of 1-time-only Baby-Boomer Testing for Hepatitis C

National screening strategy for hepatitis C urged for Canada Canada should begin screening ‘Baby Boomers’ for the hepatitis C virus infection, since this age group is likely the largest group to have the illness, and most don’t know they have it, say a group of liver specialists in the Toronto Western Hospital Francis Family Liver Clinic. Unlike many other chronic viral infections, early treatment makes hepatitis C curable. In an article entitled, A Canadi