Devising a Strategy to Control the HCV Epidemic in British Columbia, Canada

CROIConference Dates and Location: February 22–25, 2016 | Boston, MassachusettsAbstract Number: 533Devising a Strategy to Control the HCV Epidemic in British Columbia, CanadaAuthor(s): Ignacio Rozada1; Julio Montaner2; Mark W. Hull2; Viviane D. Lima2 1British Columbia Cntr for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, BC, Canada;2BC Cntr for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, BC, CanadaAbstract Body: In 2012, less than 1% of the estimated 12,000 hepatitis C (HCV)

Decision about New Hepatic Encephalopathy Drug Urged by HepCBC

On Monday, September 28, 2015, HepCBC sent a letter (text below) out to all the Provincial Health Ministers except Quebec's, telling them why it is important to patients that they make a decision soon about whether to cover a new hepatic encephalopathy drug, rifaximin. For reference you can read: HepCBC's Patient Group report to the federal government (CADTH) HERE (includes Jan. 12, 2015 revision added on request of CADTH) HepCBC's Patient Group re

View all hepatitis C drug Patient Group input from HepCBC

We are asking for patients to give us input about a new treatment for genotype 4 patients. Are you curious how we use this data?  Want to see what HepCBC tells BC Pharmacare, or the federal drug review agencies about patients' opinions of new hepatitis C treatments? Exactly what did HepCBC tell them about Daklinza (daclatasvir), Holkira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, and dasabuvir), Harvoni (sofosbuvir+ledipasvir), Sovaldi (sofusbovir), Sunpr...

Summer of Interferon-free Hepatitis C Drug Approvals?

2015 is stacking up to have a Summer of Interferon-Free hepatitis C drug approvals! So far we've had the following approvals for provincial Pharmacare coverage (addition to provincial "formulary"):On June 29th, Ontario covered AbbVie's Holkira Pak™ for genotype 1, on July 24th, Quebec covered both Gilead's Harvoni™ and AbbVie's Holkira Pak™ for genotype 1. And on World Hepatitis Day, July 28th British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Yukon started to ...

Dr. Evan Adams Gets Tested for Hepatitis C

FIRST NATIONS LEADER URGES BABY BOOMERS TO GET TESTED FOR HCVWhile standing behind Dr. Evan Adams (Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority) in a lunch line May 5th at the Gathering Wisdom Health Fair, HepCBC's President, Rosemary Plummer, decided to ask Dr. Adams if he would be willing to be publicly tested for hepatitis C. He surprised her with an enthusiastic "SURE!" And on July 10th he made good on that promise, even filming a "World

MP Elizabeth May publicly tested for hepatitis C

HepCBC wants to thank Elizabeth May, MP (Saanich-Gulf Islands riding) who decided to get publicly tested for hepatitis C on the day following World Hepatitis Day (July 28th every year). In the video below, she explains why. We also wish to thank Roz Milne, RN with Cool Aid Society in Victoria who performed the testing. Ms. May joins at least one other MP (Murray Rankin), 13 MLAs, 2 mayors and numerous City Councilors who have taken this courageous step...

World Hepatitis Day 2015 Victoria, BC

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY 2015 in VICTORIA, BC CANADA - July 28, 2015 A number of local groups including AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), Vancouver Island Persons with AIDS Society (VIPWAS), SOLID, as well as HepCBC, commemorated this day with both an afternoon of speeches, a march to Parliament Building, and educational exhibits. In the evening, the Parliament Building was lit up in red and yellow for the first time, and there was an open microphone for people to

All MLAs in British Columbia invited to do hepatitis C test May 25 in Victoria

On Monday, May 25th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Cool Aid Society nurses and HepCBC will hold a public Hepatitis C info session for BC’s MLAs combined with a HEP-C TEST-IN session in Victoria, BC at the BC Parliament Building in the Hemlock Room and the First Aid room. So far one MLA has agreed to the simple blood test for hepatitis C, but all will be invited. We hope the press will be there to cover several MLAs “rolling up their sleeves” to emphasize the

REQUEST: Patient input for BC Pharmacare RE: HOLKIRA PAK™

BC PharmaCare has issued a call for Patient Input into whether they should cover AbbVie's new hepatitis C treatment, HOLKIRA PAK™ (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, and dasabuvir [±ribavirin]).HepCBC is going to make a submission to BC PharmaCare, and URGENTLY requests input from those who have, or have ever had hepatitis C (and their caregivers). Our submission is only as good as the input we get from people like you!You would have to answer a few ques