The Week in Review: December 1 – December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 News Recap: URGENT BC Patient and Caregiver Input Request: Vosevi. We need to hear your voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC PharmaCare on Gilead’s combo of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir (SOF-VEL-VOX or Vosevi™) for Genotypes 1-6. Personal Stories This week we have two great stories of triumphing over HepC: Aidain’s ‘I will never forget the day I found out I had hepatitis c’, and Patric...

‘I will never forget the day I found out I had hepatitis c’

When Aidan Bungey was ­diagnosed with hepatitis C, she feared her dream of becoming a pilot was over. But a new treatment has her reaching for the skies again. Since childhood, Aidan Bungey has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Every Saturday, the Liverpool University student gets up at 5am to climb into a two-seater PA38 Tomahawk with her instructor and take to the skies as part of her flight training. A few years ago though, it seemed unlikely the 21-year-ol

Blood contamination scandal: Families seek justice

Families of patients who died as a result of being infected with HIV and hepatitis through contaminated blood by the NHS in the 1970s and 80s, are seeking a public inquiry into the scandal. New documents appear to show that health chiefs knew for years about the dangers which led to the deaths of 1,700 people. Lauren Palmer's father was one of the thousands of people with hemophilia treated with contaminated blood, he contracted Hepatitis C and HIV, he

The Week in Review: May 12, 2017 – May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 News Recap Canada Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online: Did you know that there is now a British Columbia toll-free hepatitis C peer-to-peer helpline where you can get accurate information and meaningful help that is free of charge and confidential?  Check it out now! Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online URGENT! Patient and Caregiver Input Request: We Need to Hear your Voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by CADTH on Abb...

Man who got hepatitis C, HIV from tainted blood asks PM for compensation

More than three decades after a blood transfusion gave him two devastating illnesses, LaSalle’s Jim Moauro is appealing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “do the right thing” for hundreds of victims like him. Trudeau’s father, Pierre, was prime minister when they were given tainted blood in the early 1980s. “I think it’s fitting his son clean up his legacy,” said Moauro, 67, a mild hemophiliac who contracted both HIV and hepatitis C after taking a spill d

Blood victim finally told she is free of Hepatitis C – 29 years after becoming infected

Hello Canada:  This is what happens to a person who is cured of hepatitis C after 29 years of ravaging by the virus!!  Is anyone listening?  TREAT NOW! A victim of the contaminated blood scandal has been told she is now free of Hepatitis C – 29 years after she was given a transfusion. While she has to wait another six months to ensure no traces of the disease return, Michelle Tolley, 51, from Sparham said she is now “very hopeful”. The mother of fou

January 2017 Hepatitis C Update: Past Economic Loss/Dependent (PELD) Fund

Important message from Klein Lawyers January 11, 2017 – As you know, the Past Economic Loss and Dependents (PELD) Fund of the Pre-1986/Post-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement has a shortfall - with more than $65 million in unpaid claims. On December 15, 2016, a joint hearing was held in Toronto before the judges of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec to discuss the status of the Compensation Fund, now that the final deadline to submit claims has pas

B.C. won’t cover hepatitis C drug that’s possible cure for woman infected with tainted blood

Lack of national pharmacare program makes it hard to negotiate better drug prices. The B.C. government says it won't cover the cost of a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C for Nikky Davies, who contracted the virus through tainted blood she was administered in hospital. A Nanaimo, B.C., woman who contracted the hepatitis C virus through tainted blood has been denied a blockbuster new medication the province says is extremely expensive and would bankru

Hundreds of Scots who contracted hepatitis C or HIV through infected NHS blood scandal receive extra cash payouts

11 people infected with both HIV and hepatitis C via contaminated blood have been paid a £50,000 lump sum, while 330 have been given one-off top-up payments of £30,000. Hundreds of people given infected NHS blood in Scotland have now received extra financial support. A total of 11 people infected with both HIV and hepatitis C via contaminated blood have been paid a £50,000 lump sum, while 330 have been given one-off top-up payments of £30,000. Annua...

Hepatitis C “effectively eradicated” among Irish haemophilia patients

The Irish Haemophilia Society says the effective eradication of Hepatitis C among its members is a “huge milestone.” Between 1970 and 1991 a total of 240 patients were infected with Hepatitis C through the use of contaminated blood products for state blood transfusions. Around 123 of the surviving patients were offered treatment under the HSE's National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme this year. The Department of Health reports that the programm...