The Week in Review: September 29 – October 6, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017 News Recap: Liver Cancer Two studies on liver cancer in the news last week highlighted the global prevalence and causes of this terrible disease.  The first showed a direct correlation between excess weight and cancer occurrence (including liver cancer) – Cancers linked to excess weight make up 40% of all US diagnoses, study finds, while the second focussed on the global incidence of primary liver cancer. Hepatitis B virus wa...

U.S.: Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way For Medicaid, Prisons To Expand Treatment

Valerie Green is still waiting to be cured. The Delaware resident was diagnosed with hepatitis C more than two years ago, but she doesn’t qualify yet for the Medicaid program’s criteria for treatment with a new class of highly effective but pricey drugs. The recent approval of a less expensive drug that generally cures hepatitis C in just eight weeks may make it easier for more insurers and correctional facilities to expand treatment. The drug, Mavyret, i

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...

New Zealand: Govt asked to greenlight prison Hep-C testing

The government is being asked to agree to a medical trial to find out how many prisoners have been exposed to Hepatitis C. An estimated 50,000 people in New Zealand have the disease, which is transmitted mainly through intravenous needles or badly sterilised medical equipment. Hepatitis C targets the liver, and can be fatal. Little is known about its prevalence in the prison population, but figures from other countries such as the USA and Ireland sugge

New: HepCBC Prison Outreach

NEW PRISONER HEPATITIS OUTREACH MATERIALS AND SERVICES ANNOUNCED TODAY! Philip Wilkin, Chair of HepCBC’s Prison Outreach Committee, is very pleased to announce today the launch of a new pamphlet, a toll-free phone “Hotline” for prisoners, and a new Hepatitis Prison Outreach webpage. The pamphlet, “Hepatitis C: Breaking Down the Bars between Prison Health and Public Health,” will be widely distributed to prisoners and their allies over the coming weeks. It

U.S.: Prisoners With Hep C Get Cured In Some States But Not Others

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has guidelines for treating prisoners that include providing the new drugs. But the vast majority of U.S. prisoners are held in state facilities; about 1.4 million people are in state prisons, compared with about 191,000 in federal prisons. In their study, researchers from Yale and the Association of State Correctional Administrators sent two surveys to every state prison system. The first looked at care across states — who w

Federal Judge Finds Violation in Pennslvania’s Refusal to Treat Mumia’s Hep-C

And what about Canada? Depending on how you look at it, lawyers for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia journalist and political prisoner serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison after a controverial 1982 conviction for killing a white Philadelphia police officer, won a huge victory, lost big or maybe won and will win again soon. His victory, a finding issued on Sept. 1 in Scranton, PA by Federal District Judge Robert Mariani that the state’s Dep

Nearly 250 Organizations across Canada Call for Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs

June 1, 2016 — Close to 250 Canadian organizations have signed a statement urging federal and provincial governments to immediately implement prison-based needle and syringe programs (PNSPs) in institutions across the country. Representing the views of a broad cross-section of Canadian civil society, the statement highlights the overwhelming scientific, empirical and human rights rationale for Canada’s governments to act without delay. CANADA CAN’T WAIT:

Prisons face hep C-treatment funding crisis – CMAJ

Policy at Correctional Services Canada may be failing to limit the spread of hepatitis C in prisons. Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) could face a funding shortfall of up to $100 million if it adheres to a new standard of care that would see federal inmates infected with hepatitis C prescribed a new and expensive drug. Internal government reports, released to CMAJ under the federal access to information law and reviewed by four external experts,  app

Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals

People who have spent time in correctional facilities have higher risk factors for hepatitis CTORONTO, Dec. 17, 2015 - More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.People who have spent time in correctional facilities have higher risk factors for hepatitis C, inclu