The Week in Review: May 11 – May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Promoting Drug Pricing Policy Resources for Patient Groups. Patient groups in Canada shared in a recent survey that they struggle to understand the complexities of drug pricing policy in Canada and that they would like more information. In response, the Drug Pricing Policy Summit Working Groups have put together two web pages that outline various resources and learning opportunities to help patient groups lea...

As HCV Rises Among Pregnant Women, At-Risk Infants Inadequately Screened

Infants exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV) in utero are not being screened, leaving many pediatric infections undetected, according to a new study from researchers at Magee-Womens Research Institute.  (However, in Canada, screening of pregnant women was recommended by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) in April 2017). The rate of HCV infection among pregnant women has increased in recent years, due partly to the opioid epidemic. Th

The Week in Review: October 13 – October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 News Recap: Disease Management: Women: Hepatitis C in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and management. Hepatitis C (HCV) during pregnancy is associated with serious, adverse outcomes. Infants born to women with HCV are more likely to experience fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. For women, chronic HCV is associated with progressive liver damage and, during pregnancy, can be transmitted from the mother to the fe...

Hepatitis C in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and management

Hepatitis C (HCV) during pregnancy is associated with serious, adverse outcomes. Infants born to women with HCV are more likely to experience fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. For women, chronic HCV is associated with progressive liver damage and, during pregnancy, can be transmitted from the mother to the fetus (called vertical transmission). Highly effective treatments for HCV now exist, but none are currently approved for use during pregna