The Week in Review: April 28 – May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 News Recap: HBV: CADTH recommends that tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) be reimbursed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. The CADTH Canadian Drug Expert Committee (CDEC) recommends that tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) be reimbursed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults with compensated liver disease, if the following condition is met: CONDITION: The drug plan cost of TAF should not exceed that of the lowest-cost prepar...

Er Nurse Could Have Exposed Thousands of Patients to Hepatitis C Infection, Officials Warn

Officials are urging thousands of patients treated at a hospital in the State of Washington to get tested for Hepatitis C, amid fears two patients contracted the disease from a nurse working in the emergency department. The MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington, warned in a safety alert statement that patients who were treated at the ER between August 4, 2017 and March 23, 2018 could have been exposed to the disease. The hospital is

The Week in Review: January 5 – January 12, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018 News Recap: Officials warn customers of London, Ont., nail salon to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, C. The Middlesex-London Health Unit issued an alert warning clients of Cali Nails in the White Oaks Mall that they should talk to their doctors. A customer who contracted hepatitis B went to the salon for a manicure and pedicure. The advisory is for anyone who visited the salon between May 4, 2017, and Jan. 5, 2018. Dynavax...

The Week in Review: August 18 – August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017 News Recap: Public health issues Hep B risk warning: Tools used in procedures such as callus scraping and cutting toenails could become contaminated with the virus and remain contaminated because of the sterilization practices followed. Public health authorities in Owen Sound have identified a local foot care clinic as a potential source of hepatitis B and are warning patients – other than orthotics patients – to consult a doc...

Public health issues Hep B risk warning

Tools used in procedures such as callus scraping and cutting toenails could become contaminated with the virus and remain contaminated because of the sterilization practices followed. Public health authorities have identified a local foot care clinic as a potential source of hepatitis B and are warning patients – other than orthotics patients – to consult a doctor about getting tested for this disease. Grey Bruce Health Unit issued a public advisory Tu

Major UK Supermarket ‘May Have Infected Thousands With Hepatitis E’ – Updated

The big chain has yet to be identified. The unknown supermarket’s own-brand sausages and ham were found to be the common link between those infected. [Update: The supermarket that unintentionally infected people with a strain of hepatitis has now been identified as Tesco.] A major UK supermarket may have unintentionally infected thousands of people with a pig virus which causes liver and neurological problems, Public Health England has found. The b

The Week in Review: July 14 – July 21, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017 News Recap 1) Vosevi Approved in US – Under Review in Canada Vosevi has just been approved in the USA to treat adults with chronic HCV genotypes 1-6 without cirrhosis (liver disease) or with mild cirrhosis. Vosevi is a fixed-dose, combination tablet containing sofosbuvir, velpatasvir and a new drug, voxilaprevir. Vosevi is the first treatment approved for patients who have been previously treated with DAAs and failed treatment....

Hepatitis C outbreak spurs closer monitoring of Utah health professionals

The hepatitis C outbreak at two Northern Utah hospitals, attributed to a nurse accused of diverting drugs and infecting at least 7 patients, has spurred the state to increase monitoring of health care professionals. The Utah Department of Health has begun working more closely with licensing authorities “to understand when a provider is potentially exposing patients to blood-borne pathogens due to risky behaviors,” said Dr. Angela Dunn, deputy state epidem

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

Hepatitis C outbreak in Jerusalem possibly linked to scanner

Health officials say they are investigating a possible link between an outbreak of Hepatitis C in the capital and a CT scanner at a small hospital in the city. Five people have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C in recent weeks, all of whom went through a CT scan at the Misgav Ladach hospital on March 17 and who were given a contrast medium fluid, according to Hebrew media reports. The CT scanner at the hospital has been shut down, according to Channel ...