The Week in Review: March 31, 2017 – April 7, 2017
Good news in Alberta, which has just signed a deal similar to those in BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec! In the USA, Harvoni and sofosbuvir have been approved for pediatric use!!! It’s about time! And both Italy and Brazil have taken steps to increase access to treatment for citizens who cannot afford the current medicines: Italy, by allowing importation of generics, and Brazil, by contesting the sofosbuvir patent.
The Week in Review: March 24, 2017 – March 31, 2017
Good news in Saskatchewan, which has just signed a deal similar to those in BC, Ontario and Quebec! France has also signed a deal with Gilead to lower prices and continue Universal Access for its citizens. Other countries in Europe are not so lucky, so MSF (Doctors without Borders) has launched a patent dispute in Europe over sofosbuvir. Bad news? Researchers have found a possible correlation between hepatitis B or C and Parkinson’s Disease! This is not the first study to find this out!.. So …..Yikes. Some good freebies are available from the 10th Annual Paris Hepatology Conference… Check them out!
The Week in Review: March 17, 2017 – March 24, 2017
Expanded Access to New HCV Treatments Now in Effect!
Well, if you’ve been up to our site and seen the daily news posts you will have seen that new drug access policies have now come into effect in BC and Quebec, as well as Ontario. It looks like the slate is the same for these 3 provinces, and we are listing what’s available in BC so you can make sense of it. Also we have another installment on HepCBC’s 2017 Road Trip to BC’s Interior, and other news.
The Week in Review: March 10, 2017 – March 17, 2017
Another Roadtrip to BC’s Interior is Happening Now!
Top of the news this week is a report from Cheryl Reitz who has just embarked on another Outreach Road Trip to BC’s rural, remote, and First Nations communities. The report this week covers Lytton, Spences Bridge and Cache Creek. The report is very detailed and we have included a slide show. Ural/Remote/Indigenous Hepatitis C Outreach 2017 – Part 1. Other news touches on an un-remembered transmission source, the need for vaccines, and the relationship between HCV and cataracts!
The Week in Review: March 3, 2017 – March 10, 2017
Seven Big Events in Six Days!
A whirlwind of activity in three far-flung cities for HepCBC: 2 events in Vancouver, 3 in Banff, and 2 in Prince George!! Reports from 3 of our Board members on the AHC, CAHN and CASL conferences, and a report on the webinar conducted in Prince George on Rural vs. Urban Treatment Disparities, and a report on the Wellness North EXPO. There are lots of photos and the webinar is accessible as well! Other news items touch on the persistence of neuropsychiatric impairment post cure, and the disheartening fact that Boomers are not getting tested!!
The Week in Review: Feb 24, 2017 – March 3, 2017
Top of the news is an upcoming conference/webinar to be held in Prince George that will examine the question: “Does care for hepatitis C in rural/remote areas differ from that in urban parts of our province, and if so, how?” On March 6th (11 am – noon), researchers from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will try to answer these questions. More news about treatment access in Ontario and Egypt, and updates on HCC, DAA treatment & coinfection as well as on diabetes and DAA treatment.