The Week in Review: May 11 – May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Promoting Drug Pricing Policy Resources for Patient Groups. Patient groups in Canada shared in a recent survey that they struggle to understand the complexities of drug pricing policy in Canada and that they would like more information. In response, the Drug Pricing Policy Summit Working Groups have put together two web pages that outline various resources and learning opportunities to help patient groups lea...

Needle exchanges coming to 2 Canadian prisons

Corrections Canada will begin 1st phase of its needle exchange program in June. Harm-reduction advocates say the needle exchange program is long overdue, but prison guards say they are wondering what happened to the correctional service's zero-tolerance policy on drugs. (CBC) Inmates at two federal prisons who use injection drugs will have access to clean syringes beginning in June, with the Correctional Service of Canada planning to roll out the service

The Week in Review: May 12, 2017 – May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 News Recap Canada Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online: Did you know that there is now a British Columbia toll-free hepatitis C peer-to-peer helpline where you can get accurate information and meaningful help that is free of charge and confidential?  Check it out now! Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online URGENT! Patient and Caregiver Input Request: We Need to Hear your Voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by CADTH on Abb...

Hepatitis C Virus Reinfection is Uncommon for Those on Opiate Substitution Therapy after Being Cured with DAAs

Most people on opiate substitution therapy were successfully treated for hepatitis C with an interferon-free regimen of grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier), and only a small number became reinfected during three years of follow-up, researchers reported yesterday at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is easily transmitted through shared drug injection equipment. The advent of new direct-acting antiviral

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...

Clean needle programs too dangerous, federal prison officials tell court

From the WTF Department:  Read this and Weep. OTTAWA -- Giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places, senior correctional officials say. Syringe needles could too easily be used as weapons, the Correctional Service of Canada's security director and a veteran prison warden say in affidavits filed with the Federal Court of Canada. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Le

Incidence, Risk factors and Prevention of Hepatitis C Reinfection Interview with: Naveed Zafar Janjua, MBBS, MSc, DrPH, Senior Scientist, Clinical Prevention Services BC Centre for Disease Control Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia What is the background for this study? Response: Hepatitis C is a viral infection that affects the liver. About quarter of people infected with hepatitis C clear their infection spo

Nearly 250 Organizations across Canada Call for Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs

June 1, 2016 — Close to 250 Canadian organizations have signed a statement urging federal and provincial governments to immediately implement prison-based needle and syringe programs (PNSPs) in institutions across the country. Representing the views of a broad cross-section of Canadian civil society, the statement highlights the overwhelming scientific, empirical and human rights rationale for Canada’s governments to act without delay. CANADA CAN’T WAIT:

Alcohol accelerates liver damage in people living with hepatitis C

More comprehensive approaches to care needed, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Ann Arbor, MI, May 10, 2016 - Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of illness and death from the hepatitis C virus. A new national household study of U.S. adults published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that many people living with hepatitis C report either former or current excessive alcohol use. In addition,


Addiction If you have hepatitis C and also have an addiction problem, then you are at risk for severely and quickly damaging your liver.  Alcohol, tobacco and many prescription pain medicines are known to damage the liver when taken in high doses.  If you are still using IV drugs, treatment will be very challenging, and if cured, you could get HCV again. As well, having an addiction to alcohol or drugs can sometimes be the grounds for denial of treatm