The Week in Review: July 28 – August 4, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017 Treatment: This last week saw the approval in the U.S. of AbbVie’s Mavyret, a pangenotypic also indicated as recuperation therapy for those with GT1 who have failed treatment with DAAs. U.S.: FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C As well, the FDA has approved updated labeling for Epclusa to include use in patients co-infected with HIV. U.S. FDA Approves Expanded Labeling for Epclusa® (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir) for the Treatmen...

SundanceTV and CBC Team for Tainted Blood Scandal Miniseries ‘Unspeakable’

The drama centers on the real-life 1980s scandal during which time thousands contracted HIV and Hepatitis C from tainted blood. The tainted blood scandal of the 1980s that infected thousands of Canadians with HIV and Hepatitis C is getting the miniseries treatment. SundanceTV on Saturday announced at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that it is teaming with with Canadian broadcaster CBC for Unspeakable, an eight-part drama from creato

The Week in Review: July 7 – July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017 News Recap Local New measures boost addiction treatment access in Victoria New efforts to expand treatment for opioid users in Victoria are putting addiction specialists in hospital emergency departments and supporting family doctors who provide opioid substitution therapy for patients. The initiatives by Island Health and the Victoria Divisions of Family Practice are intended to dovetail with the work of the South Island Ra...

Britain launches public inquiry into historic blood supply scandal

Approximately 2,400 people died beginning in the 1970s, others contracted diseases British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday ordered a public inquiry into how contaminated blood was used to treat thousands in the 1970s and '80s, killing 2,400 people, according to officials. Authorities had previously looked into the scandal, in which thousands of public health patients — many of them hemophiliacs — contracted HIV or hepatitis C through blood treatm