US: Half of HCV patients with advanced liver disease receive treatment

Researchers estimated that more than 800,000 people in the United States with chronic hepatitis C virus infection may have advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis and need care. However, laboratory testing data indicated that only half of these patients were evaluated for antiviral treatment. “Persons with advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis are at highest risk of HCV-related complications and urgently require care,” R. Monina Klevens, DDS, MPH, of CDC’s Division of V

Hepatitis C patients who use drugs need multidisciplinary treatment: B.C. study

Patients with hepatitis C who inject drugs do better at clinics that offer 'one-stop shopping' to help address social barriers.Treating patients with hepatitis C who inject illegal drugs using only medication is ineffective without also addressing the complex social issues they face, finds a new study from the University of Victoria.Although new hepatitis C drugs can cure the liver-wasting disease in most patients, new research suggests the treatment does

Federal Inmates Treated for Hep C Drop 29%

A prison physician is calling for a full and independent review into the drop in treatment rates.New data released by Correctional Services Canada (CSC) reveal a dramatic decline in the number of inmates in treatment for hepatitis C as the service struggles with budget cuts, increasing inmate populations and exploding hepatitis treatment costs.According to the data obtained by CMAJ following an Access to Information request, the number of inmates treated f