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...
Every family has secrets. For Lindsay Ventura, her mother, and her sister, the secret was a disease. At first it was something they didn’t even know they had, but when they were eventually diagnosed, they decided to keep it to themselves for years out of fear they would be stigmatized for it. The disease was hepatitis C. In 1990, when Ventura was 3 and her older brother was 5, their father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was given six months t
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 (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
Hiding in the shadow of the opioid epidemic is another troubling public health crisis, the precipitous increase in people whose liver is infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). But there is another problem: HCV infection during pregnancy About half of these young people who are injecting drugs are women of childbearing age. And although sexual transmission or transmission of HCV from infected household items is rare, it can happen. And women whose partners
Women are more likely to share needles or start using intravenous drugs with a sexual partner than men are. Its cultural among IDUs. Women may more often have unprotected sex with an HCV-infected man for various reasons. So getting women into care & treatment & providing education to protect future infection is crucial. CDC Reports 213% Increase in Women of Child-Bearing Age....as a result of Heroin Epidemic....But in this Philadelphia study publi
Number of infected women and offspring increasing nationally Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is increasing nationally, though the problem is particularly prevalent in Kentucky, CDC researchers reported. Nationally, the number of infants born to women testing positive for HCV rose 68% -- from 0.19% (one in 536) to 0.32% (one in 308). But Kentucky experienced a 124% increase in that same time period, reported Alaya Koner
Children's Hospital Medical Center docs see rise in hep C in babies and kids; it's another symptom of the heroin epidemic, they say. HAMILTON, OHIO - Whether she's climbing into her toy box, scribbling with markers in her "Frozen" coloring book or reciting alphabet letters in a sing-song voice, Kadileyah is the picture of a happy toddler. She is also a silent victim of the heroin epidemic. She is 2, and although she appears as healthy (even with the
Vertical transmission, or the spread of infection from mother to baby during childbirth, is the most common way that children get hepatitis C. However, it turns out that these children are rarely tested for the disease. About 5% of children born to mothers with hepatitis C end up developing the chronic condition themselves. Researchers from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health investigated the testing rate of children born to infected mothers and