PATIENT GROUP SUBMISSIONS to BC PharmaCare, CADTH, & PMPRB

PATIENT GROUP SUBMISSIONS to BC PharmaCare, CADTH, & PMPRB Whenever we are asked to contribute a patient group submission about a hepatitis-C or hepatitis-B related product, we do so. We contribute as a patient group to reviews by both BC PharmaCare (to determine whether BC PharmaCare patients will be reimbursed for the drugs) and CADTH (federal level – to determine whether the drugs will be available in Canada). Occasionally we also submit patien

Simeprevir: two nods from Sask. & Health Canada

Simeprevir received two boosts on Nov. 12th: it is now listed on the Sasketchewan formulary (will be reimbursed by their public health insurance Pharmacare) and was also recommended highly by a Canadian Drug Review (CDR, CADTH, Health Canada) "Therapeutic Review" of hepatitis C DAA's (new Direct Acting Antiviral therapies) for HCV genotype 1. Details below: SASKATCHEWAN FORMULARY DETAILS: simeprevir, capsule, 150mg (Galexos-JAN) For the treatment of chroni

CADTH simeprevir (GALEXOS) news!

The Canadian Drug Review's CDEC Board approved simeprevir (GALEXOS) on June 18th, 2014, and has sent HepCBC a thank you letter for its simeprevir submission. Simeprevir (GALEXOS) is a new hepatitis C drug for genotype 1 infection which, at this point at least, is to be used in a triple therapy along with interferon alpha and ribavirin. This drug, developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and marketed in the USA as OLYSIO, is also being recommended in the US and

US Prisoners get sofosbuvir-simeprevir with new Guidelines

In Canada, we are still awaiting the kind of hepatitis C treatment now recommended for federal prisoners in the USA! New guidelines were just released in May 2014 and are available here: http://www.bop.gov/resources/pdfs/hepatitis_c_current.pdf These are the recommended treatments for federal prisoners with chronic hepatitis C, according to genotype (GT): GT1: PREVIOUS NON-RESPONDER (partial or null) TO INTERFERON TREATMENT or INTERFERON-INTOLERANTcombine

Simeprevir (GALEXOS) now covered in Quebec as well!

Simeprevir (GALEXOS) is also now covered on the Quebec formulary, according to CATIE, the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. However, it is only available to those who have already failed conventional treatment with interferon and ribavirin. It is available only to genotype 1 patients who do not have the Q80K mutation and not co-infected with HIV. MUST MEET ALL THESE QUALIFICATIONS TO GET REIMBURSED FOR SIMEPREVIR: -- to be used in association w

PATIENTS, CAREGIVERS: HepCBC NEEDS YOUR INPUT RE: SIMEPREVIR

Simeprevir (trade name GALEXOS™, produced by Janssen, Inc.) was recently approved for use in Canada to treat hepatitis C, but BC PharmaCare doesn't cover it yet. Like similar drugs telaprevir/INCIVEK™ and boceprevir/VICTRELIS™, simeprevir is generally given to genotype 1 patients for several weeks in combination with two other medications (hence the name, "Triple Therapy"). In Triple Therapy with simeprevir, the drug is taken once a day (one pill) along wi

GALEXOS™ (simeprevir) approved by Health Canada

Simeprevir (trade name Galexos) has now been approved for use in Canada. It is a once-daily pill which is taken along with ribavirin and pegylated interferon alfa to treat hepatitis C genotype 1 in a "triple therapy."  There will still be many months before it is approved for coverage by your provincial Pharmacare plan. See details in complete Janssen Inc. Press Release below. ### New Treatment for Hepatitis C Approved by Health Canada Priority Review Give