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

Friday, April 21, 2017 News Recap Canada Well the last report from the final leg of HepCBC’s Road Trip to BC’s Interior 2017 is in. What a journey!! – and so much work!! This report focusses on events in the Kootenay region of BC, and I’m really impressed at how much Rosemary and Cheryl were able to accomplish!  Amazing. Awareness of hepatitis C in BC’s more remote and small communities is growing and this is due to the hard work of the many advocat...

ILC 2017: European countries restrict access to life-saving treatment for hepatitis C

A review of recent reimbursement data showed considerable variability in access to direct-acting antiviral therapy based on amount of liver scarring and substance use — European Association for the Study of the Liver April 20, 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Data presented today demonstrate that there are considerable restrictions in the reimbursement of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy across European countries, particularly with respect to th

For Some Vermonters Suffering From Hepatitis C, Life-Saving Cure Is Out Of Reach

Denying patients access to something with such clear benefits is immoral, it's illegal, and it shouldn't be happening." — Julia Shaw, health care policy analyst in the Office of the Health Care Advocate. While this story is from Vermont in the USA the same holds true for Canada.  Canada's policy restricting access is immoral and illegal. Health advocates are challenging a Vermont Medicaid policy that has restricted curative treatment for hepatitis C only

The Week in Review: Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 News Recap Top of the news is that both Canada (Information Update – Direct-acting antivirals, used for hepatitis C, may reactivate hepatitis B) and Europe (EU health regulator warns some hep C drugs could reactivate hep B) are warning of the possibility of HBV reactivation from HCV DAA therapy.  The first warnings came out in April 2016 at EASL and then the US FDA issued warnings in October 2016. In a press release, Health C...