Georgia Serves as Proving Ground for Experiment to Eradicate Hepatitis C

Thousands of Georgians have been cured of hepatitis C as a result of a giant experiment, in which the ex-Soviet nation tests the effectiveness of an aggressive public-health strategy. In the unprecedented project, all Georgians suffering from hepatitis C – an estimated 130,000 individuals – are being treated with expensive American medications free of charge. The program has entered its third year this May, and by 2020, Georgia hopes to be the first count

Hepatitis C mutations ‘outrun’ immune systems, lab study shows

Study identifies mutations outside of traditional vaccine targets as barrier to vaccine development – Johns Hopkins Medicine Unlike its viral cousins hepatitis A and B, hepatitis C virus (HCV) has eluded the development of a vaccine and infected more than 170 million people worldwide. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that a novel laboratory tool that lets them find virus mutations faster and more efficiently than ever before has ident

London liver specialist urges people to get tested, treated, cured and move on with their lives because new drugs have a 98 per cent cure rate

The eradication of hepatitis C may be on the horizon. New, expensive drugs approved by the Ontario government mean new hope for those suffering from liver-destroying hepatitis C, a potentially fatal virus that many people don’t even know they have. The Ontario government has added six new hepatitis drugs to its Ontario Public Drug Programs that will help cure the 40 per cent of hepatitis sufferers who formerly were unable to access treatment. “It’s a v

Aust on target to eliminate hep C by 2026

More than 30,000 hepatitis C patients in Australia have been treated with revolutionary drugs since their listing on the PBS in March last year. Australia is on target to eliminate hepatitis C within 10 years due to the rapid uptake of a curative antiviral treatment program since its listing on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) a year ago. A Kirby Institute report released on Tuesday supports predictions made by doctors last year that the in

Australia: Murray Bridge trials hepatitis C treatment project

Murray Bridge could be the first city in the world to eliminate hepatitis C when it hosts a national pilot project this March. Hepatitis SA are bringing a new revolution of treatment for the chronic disease to town in the effort to stop the spread of viral hepatitis worldwide by 2030. Despite an unprecedented number of Australians being cured of the disease in the past year, treatment uptake has proven slower in rural and regional areas. Murray Brid

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...

Our Call to Arms: HCV Kills More Than Any Other Infectious Disease

"We need a call to arms to take action now to eradicate HCV from the planet. We have the tools and we have the ability to do something. To not do this is a crime and tragic. I ask you, my colleagues, to wake up others, organize, and make the push — Now and with great urgency." We’ve known for a long time that hepatitis C virus infection is a major cause of death in the United States; in fact, we now have evidence from the CDC that, among infectious diseas...

Hep C ‘viral time bomb’ can be defused, says doctor who set up real-life Dallas Buyers Club operation

It is financially feasible to defuse the hepatitis C "viral time bomb" affecting 150 million people worldwide, an international conference will hear on Saturday. The disease is one of the five major causes of infectious illness deaths in the world, along with malaria, TB, HIV, and hepatitis B. It kills 500,000 people a year, the World Health Organisation estimates, and prevents millions more from leading productive lives. Yet, only one in 300 of thos...

Drug subsidies could eliminate Hepatitis C in Australia within a decade, experts say

There is a realistic chance Hepatitis C will be eliminated within a few years due to new public subsidies of powerful drugs, some of Australia's top health experts say.Strong new drugs have been publicly subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme since March 1, leading experts to think Hepatitis C could be wiped out within years.The direct-acting anti-viral drugs are more effective and have fewer side effects than previous treatments."We've got excel