China: Executives sacked for hepatitis C negligence

TWO heads of a hospital in northwest China's Shaanxi Province were sacked after 26 patients contracted hepatitis C during dialysis treatment, local authorities said Friday.The president and a deputy president of Zhen'an County Hospital in Shangluo City were removed from their posts, and 13 other employees received administrative penalties, including admonitions and demerits on their records, a source with the county's health and family planning bureau said

Hep C nurse excited about new drug

A new drug to treat hepatitis C has Lesley Gallagher excited for patients’ futures.“Anything that brings attention to hepatitis C today and stresses the importance of being diagnosed, being assessed, being aware, is really important,” said Gallagher, a treatment support nurse in Saskatoon and Vancouver.Drug company Merck announced Wednesday that Zepatier is now available in Canada.“With this new product, we now have the opportunity to help a broad range of

Hepatitis C Reported at 19 Dialysis Clinics: CDC

Health officials blame lapses in infection control practicesTHURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Reports of hepatitis C infections among dialysis patients in the United States are rising, largely because of poor infection control practices, health officials say.Between 2014 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of about 36 cases of hepatitis C infection at 19 kidney dialysis clinics in eight states.So far, in