The Week in Review: Jan 13, 2017 – Jan 20, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017 News Recap Lots of troubling news this last week.  From the Fut the Wuck department: Read this and Weep. Senior correctional officials at Correctional Service of Canada have made the decision not to provide clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease because – are we ready? – doing so would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places. Syringe needles could too easily be used as wea...

Aboriginal and Prisoner HCV Drug Coverage for HOLKIRA PAK™

On September 11th we were notified that AbbVie's new interferon-free hepatitis C treatment for genotype 1, HOLKIRA PAK™ (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonovir and dasabuvir [±ribavirin]), is now formally listed by the Non-Insured Health Benefit Program (NIHB) and Correctional Services Canada (CSC). Both have listed HOLKIRA PAK™ in accordance with the Common Drug Review’s recommendations: liver fibrosis stage of ≥2, and treatment should be initiated by physic