The Week in Review: March 9 – March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Treatment: Fantastic news from both BC and Quebec this last week:  All restrictions to treatment under the respective provincial PharmaCare plans have been removed!! See Chronic hepatitis C medication now available for all British Columbians, and Quebec Expands Patient Access to Chronic Hepatitis C Therapies. Grants Awarded to 13 Canadian Initiatives to Help Advance the Goal of Eliminating Chronic Hep...

Chronic hepatitis C medication now available for all British Columbians

Any British Columbian living with chronic hepatitis C now is able to access treatment, regardless of the severity of their disease, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced today. In addition to expanding coverage to all British Columbians, a new chronic hepatitis C drug has been added to the PharmaCare formulary. “In years past, a hepatitis C diagnosis was a stressful and lifelong struggle,” said Dix. “I’m pleased to share that, as of today, anyone in B.C. l

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...

Attention Hepatitis B (HBV) Patients & Caregivers – Your Help Requested

Do you have HEPATITIS B or are you a CAREGIVER for someone with HBV? This is really important for you! An improved hepatitis B treatment will likely be covered by BC (Canada) PharmaCare soon, but first the BC government has requested HepCBC to submit a patient group review explaining whether hepatitis B patients want this new treatment, and why. SURVEY – ANSWER 5 QUESTIONS BELOW BY EMAIL or PHONE (English or Chinese 中文 ) HepCBC needs to hear your voice

The Week in Review: December 1 – December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 News Recap: URGENT BC Patient and Caregiver Input Request: Vosevi. We need to hear your voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC PharmaCare on Gilead’s combo of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir (SOF-VEL-VOX or Vosevi™) for Genotypes 1-6. Personal Stories This week we have two great stories of triumphing over HepC: Aidain’s ‘I will never forget the day I found out I had hepatitis c’, and Patric...

URGENT BC Patient and Caregiver Input Request: Vosevi

URGENT BC Patient and Caregiver Input Request: We need to hear your voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC PharmaCare on Gilead’s combo of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir (SOF-VEL-VOX or Vosevi™) for Genotypes 1-6. Check out the background information in links below to see the results that have been achieved in clinical trials to date. Gilead’s “SOF-VEL-VOX” combo is pan-genotypic (works for all genotypes). One pill

The Week in Review: October 20 – October 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017 News Recap: Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC Pharmacare on AbbVie’s combo of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (GP) for Genotypes 1-6. We need to hear your voice by November 8, 2017!  AbbVie’s “GP” combo is pan-genotypic (works for all genotypes). Liver Meeting 2017: I’m A HCV Patient – Show Me What I Need to Know! Why reinvent the wheel? The good folks over at HCV New Drugs have put together this great overview o...

Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC Pharmacare on AbbVie’s combo of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (GP) for Genotypes 1-6

URGENT BC Patient and Caregiver Input Request: We need to hear your voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC Pharmacare on AbbVie’s combo of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (GP) for Genotypes 1-6.  AbbVie’s “GP” combo is pan-genotypic (works for all genotypes).  Check out the background information in links below to learn the results that have been achieved in clinical trials to date. You will see that the cure rates across all genotypes are hig

143,000 First Nations to switch to tailored B.C. Pharmacare plan

Status First Nations people in B.C. will begin health coverage under a tailored version of the provincial pharmacare system on Sunday, marking the first time a province takes over health care coverage for that group. Since 1979, First Nations people in B.C. have been covered under Canada Health’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program, which provides coverage for prescription medications, dental and medical supplies. The FNHA version of Pharmacare, called

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. ...