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 ...

Utah Health Department investigation finds 16 cases of hepatitis C

Sixteen infected people have been connected to a hepatitis C outbreak associated with a nurse employed at two northern Utah hospitals, the Utah Department of Health said Monday. Fifteen of the cases were from patients of McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, and one case was from Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, according to a press release. The genotype associated with the outbreak was identified as 2b, and the health department focused its investiga

China: Executives sacked for hepatitis C negligence

TWO heads of a hospital in northwest China's Shaanxi Province were sacked after 26 patients contracted hepatitis C during dialysis treatment, local authorities said Friday.The president and a deputy president of Zhen'an County Hospital in Shangluo City were removed from their posts, and 13 other employees received administrative penalties, including admonitions and demerits on their records, a source with the county's health and family planning bureau said

Healthcare worker who put 8,000 patients at risk of hepatitis C is named as a surgeon who caught the virus during an operation and DIED from it in 2012

The mystery healthcare worker at the centre of a hepatitis C scandal was named today - as it emerged he caught it from a random needle stick injury while on duty. Consultant Robert Pickard is the medic mentioned in a letter sent to more than 8,000 patients treated as far back as 1982 urging them to have blood tests.Mr Pickard, who died from the disease aged 73 in 2012, is thought to have contracted the condition while carrying out a routine operation.He ha

Hepatitis C Reported at 19 Dialysis Clinics: CDC

Health officials blame lapses in infection control practicesTHURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Reports of hepatitis C infections among dialysis patients in the United States are rising, largely because of poor infection control practices, health officials say.Between 2014 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of about 36 cases of hepatitis C infection at 19 kidney dialysis clinics in eight states.So far, in