The Week in Review: Aug 31 – Sep 7, 2018

Friday, Sep 7, 2018 News Recap: London Drugs Launches Potentially Life-Saving Hepatitis C Screening at Pharmacies in BC Lower Mainland. An innovative and potentially life-saving hepatitis C screening program has launched at five London Drugs locations in the Lower Mainland. Patients can now undertake a simple finger prick test at the pharmacy to check if they have been exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV) at some point in the past. Hundreds of pati...

Hundreds of patients from Stittsville medical centre tested for hepatitis and HIV

More than 1,500 patients who received treatment at a Stittsville medical centre have been tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV by Ottawa Public Health after infection control lapses were discovered earlier this year. The testing revealed that a handful of the patients are currently infected or potentially infected with hepatitis B or C (some need further testing). But a spokeswoman for Ottawa Public Health said they are satisfied those cases are no

The Week in Review: July 6 – July 20, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018 News Recap: Zepatier Plus Sovaldi Beats Hep C in Those with Cirrhosis and Genotype 3. Merck’s Zepatier (grazoprevir/elbasvir) plus Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), with or without ribavirin, cured HCV genotype 3 at high rates in a recent trial. The results were published in Hepatology. Dirty Ottawa clinic equipment may have affected 4,600 patients. Thousands of people who underwent minor surgery at a west Ottawa medical...

Dirty Ottawa clinic equipment may have affected 4,600 patients

Minor procedures could put patients at risk of hepatitis, HIV at the the Main Street Family Medical Centre at 1251 Stittsville Main St. Thousands of people who underwent minor surgery at a west Ottawa medical clinic were at a higher risk of infection due to improperly cleaned medical equipment over the last 15 years, health officials say. Ottawa Public Health launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from a member of the public in late Apri

The Week in Review: June 16 – June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017 News Recap Well if you blinked you didn’t miss it because there was no Weekly Bull last week.  Just felt that it was best not to bother you all for not much. But now we have quite a few items to share. Important Warning: Please please be aware of computer safety.  There are all kinds of viruses out there that will destroy your computer and trash your files and work.  If it happened to banks and even Merck it can happen to you...

Patients of Hamilton doctor may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis

This is scary!  Have you had a similar procedure done? Hamilton Public Health is advising patients of a Hamilton doctor to get tested for infectious diseases. Officials say anyone who received in-office surgical procedures including the removal of skin tags, warts, moles and cysts or biopsies of skin cancers at Dr. Lorin Harding’s clinic in Hamilton may have been exposed to improperly cleaned instruments. In a letter to former and current patients, Pub

US: VA dentist resigns after hundreds possibly infected

MILWAUKEE — Officials at the troubled Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wisconsin said Friday that the dentist responsible for possibly infecting nearly 600 veterans has resigned. The dentist has not been named. The announcement came after House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson, both Wisconsin Republicans, expressed outrage that the dentist was still working at the facility. On Tuesday, Victoria Brahm, acting medical director at the cen

Hundreds of patients at risk of Hepatitis B and C after improper sterilization at north Edmonton clinic

About 270 patients at Northtown Medical Clinic in north Edmonton may be at risk of contracting Hepatitis B and C after an investigation by Alberta Health Services confirmed medical devices at the clinic were inadequately sterilized. AHS issued a public health advisory Monday morning that it completed a joint investigation with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, finding that there was “inadequate reprocessing and sterilization” of medical