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

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

Loss of HepCBC Board Member Allen McCulloch

We are deeply mourning the recent loss of a dear and valued Board Member, Allen McCulloch to complications of liver disease. His partner Susan Malloch spoke about him on World Hepatitis Day in Victoria (see HERE). Below is his Obituary:McCULLOCH, Allen Glen September 17, 1953 - July 11, 2015 On Saturday July 11, 2015, our beloved Allen passed away at home in Mill Bay, B.C., with his family by his side. Born in Vancouver, B.C., September 17, 1953. Allen was...

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