The Week in Review: March 31, 2017 – April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017 News Recap Canada Effective April 2017, Alberta Health has expanded access to treatments for hepatitis C in line with what the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Québec have just done (Alberta expands drug coverage for hepatitis C patients). As Dr. Shafran, who is clearly worried about continued restrictions, says, “The funders have now opened the doors to let us treat people with mild liver disease … if ...

Scale Up of Hepatitis C Treatment Possible as Brazil Rejects Patent on Key Drug

Decision enables price reductions and scale-up of treatment that leads to cure in 95% of cases Rio de Janeiro, 31 March, 2017 – Treatment for hepatitis C using the key drug sofosbuvir could be vastly scaled up in Brazil after the decision by the National Agency of Health Surveillance (Anvisa) to reject a key patent application on the drug marketed by pharmaceutical corporation Gilead. The decision could pave the way to enable generic competition in Brazil

Patient Input Requested for Merck Interferon-Free Combo

HepCBC is seeking individual patient input for our submission to the federal government for an INTERFERON-FREE, ONE PILL/DAY drug combo, shown to be effective for genotypes 1, 3, 4, and 6, Merck Pharmaceutical's elbasvir + grazoprevir (± ribavirin). The treatment's success (96% - 100% SVR12) has been confirmed in trials including people considered 'hard to treat' including those who had failed previous treatment (including simeprevir, boceprevir, and telap

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

Couldn’t Attend World Hepatitis Summit? View All Presentations Here!

Message from Organizers of World Hepatitis Summit 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland Sept. 2-4, 2015: "On behalf of the World Hepatitis Summit partner organisations, we, the Summit Organising Committee, would like to thank you for your attendance and important role at the Summit. The Summit had over 600 delegates in attendance through the week representing over 90 countries – it truly was a global event. The feedback so far has been very positive and we reali

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...

Patient Input Requested for AbbVie 2D-GT4 Combo

HepCBC is seeking individual patient input for our submission to the federal government for the first INTERFERON-FREE drug combo for GENOTYPE 4, AbbVie's "2D-GT4".ADD YOUR VOICE! We will be accepting input from anyone affected by hepatitis C (ALL GENOTYPES, not only Genotype 4) between Friday, Sept. 11 and midnight on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2015 through this confidential online form: PATIENT INPUT FORM for AbbVie 2D-GT4 Free WEBINAR about AbbVie 2D-GT4 availa

HepCBC at World Hepatitis Summit in Glasgow, Scotland!

The first-ever World Hepatitis Summit was held in Glasgow, Scotland from Aug. 31 - Sept. 4, 2015. Co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) and the Government of Scotland, over 200 delegates represented hepatitis B and C organizations from all over the world. Many of the participants are living with these diseases themselves. Delegate Cheryl Reitz from HepCBC was there. Here is a poster she presented about hepa

Bus Ad Campaign in 7 BC Cities urges Hep C Testing of Baby Boomers

The ads have a simple message: "Get tested for hepatitis C" plus a little bit about why. They were both inside and outside buses and Skytrains in 7 British Columbia cities during the entire month of July. The cities: Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria. HepCBC tried to give presentations to the City Councils of all 7 cities, to urge their mayors to declare World Hepatitis Day, to take a photo with the ads (see Nanaim...

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