Friday, Jan 11, 2019 News Recap: Winners of HepCBC’s November and December, 2019 Colouring Book Contest Announced HepCBC has a monthly contest aimed at current and former prisoners, but others are welcome to join. The prize is $50 worth of art supplies. Dramatic Series, UNSPEAKABLE about Canada’s Tainted Blood Scandal January 9, 2019, Toronto. A new CBC TV historical drama series, Unspeakable, started today which follows the lives of a couple he...
VANCOUVER - Health Minister Adrian Dix says British Columbia has taken a “long overdue step forward” to help lower-income households handle the cost of prescription drugs. Dix says deductibles and other payments have been eliminated for 240,000 families, meaning they no longer have to choose between paying for their medical needs or affording basics, such as food or shelter. The Health Ministry says a three-year, $105-million program that took effect J
Hepatitis C virus treatment is often restricted in Medicaid [in Canada this would be PharmaCare] patients. This analysis evaluates the clinical and cost impacts of treating all Medicaid patients versus the current status quo. The objectives of this study were to estimate change in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) disease and the economic burden associated with comprehensive treatment of the chronic HCV–infected Medicaid population. As has long been pred
Epclusa™, a Direct-Acting-Antiviral combo for ALL GENOTYPES of Chronic Hepatitis C, received approval from CADTH on October 28, 2016. This combo of (generics) sofosbuvir and velpatasvir, from Gilead Sciences, was recommended by CADTH's Canadian Drug Expert Committtee (CDEC) for reimbursement by provincial and territorial PharmaCares... "if the following CRITERION and CONDITION are met: (1) CONDITION: "Reduce the price." CDEC noted that the cost of t
Though Health Canada has now approved what is considered a miracle drug for hepatitis C treatment, there remain significant barriers to receiving timely treatment. The drug, Epclusa, was approved earlier this week by the federal health agency to much fanfare from doctors across the country. The drug, which has shown to eliminate all strains of hepatitis C from the body, is to be taken once daily for 12 weeks, which according to The Canadian Press comes at
Do you want new hepatitis C treatment, HOLKIRA PAK™ to be covered by BC PharmaCare? BC PharmaCare has issued a call for Patient Input into whether they should cover AbbVie’s new hepatitis C treatment, HOLKIRA PAK™ (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, and dasabuvir [±ribavirin]). HepCBC is going to make a submission to BC PharmaCare, and URGENTLY requests input from those who have, or have ever had hepatitis C (and their caregivers). Our submission is only
Simeprevir received two boosts on Nov. 12th: it is now listed on the Sasketchewan formulary (will be reimbursed by their public health insurance Pharmacare) and was also recommended highly by a Canadian Drug Review (CDR, CADTH, Health Canada) "Therapeutic Review" of hepatitis C DAA's (new Direct Acting Antiviral therapies) for HCV genotype 1. Details below: SASKATCHEWAN FORMULARY DETAILS: simeprevir, capsule, 150mg (Galexos-JAN) For the treatment of chroni