The Week in Review: Dec 14 – Dec 21, 2018

Friday, Dec 21, 2018 News Recap: ***COMMUNITY DINNER January 10th at OUR PLACE in HONOUR of PHIL WILKIN*** Philip Wilkin, who passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 24th, 2018, was a man with the true spirit of giving. Phil sat on various committees designed to improve health and welfare of prisoners within the Canadian Prison System, and actively advocated for education, treatment and prevention. To help celebrate his achievements, HepCBC has set up a Go...

NZ: Pharmac to fund new Hep C treatment

Up to 50,000 people are expected to benefit from the funding of a new treatment for those with hepatitis C. That's the number of New Zealanders estimated to have the blood-borne disease that's transmitted mainly through intravenous needles or badly sterilised medical equipment. Hepatitis C targets the liver and can be fatal. Drug-buyer Pharmac today announced that from February it'll fund the drug Maviret for those with hepatitis C regardless of the ty

The Week in Review: February 9 – February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018 News Recap: HCV & Heart Disease: Evolving Recognition of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection as a Modifiable Risk Factor for CVD. This article examines the evidence for clinical and subclinical cardiovascular diseases in chronic hepatitis c infection, as well as the effect of treatment on cardiovascular outcomes. News from Around the World: NZ: Thousands of Hepatitis C sufferers unaware a cure is within reach. A Hepatitis...

NZ: Thousands of Hepatitis C sufferers unaware a cure is within reach

A Hepatitis C survivor says she has been forced to do the government's work to ensure others with the potentially life-threatening virus get access to "miracle" drugs. Dunedin's Hazel Heal credits the drugs with saving her life and completely restoring her liver, but is angry the government is not informing people about the virus and treatment options. At least 50,000 Kiwis are estimated to have chronic Hepatitis C, but only half of them realise they h

The Week in Review: June 16 – June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017 News Recap Well if you blinked you didn’t miss it because there was no Weekly Bull last week.  Just felt that it was best not to bother you all for not much. But now we have quite a few items to share. Important Warning: Please please be aware of computer safety.  There are all kinds of viruses out there that will destroy your computer and trash your files and work.  If it happened to banks and even Merck it can happen to you...

New Zealand: Govt asked to greenlight prison Hep-C testing

The government is being asked to agree to a medical trial to find out how many prisoners have been exposed to Hepatitis C. An estimated 50,000 people in New Zealand have the disease, which is transmitted mainly through intravenous needles or badly sterilised medical equipment. Hepatitis C targets the liver, and can be fatal. Little is known about its prevalence in the prison population, but figures from other countries such as the USA and Ireland sugge

The Week in Review: Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 News Recap Top of the news is that both Canada (Information Update – Direct-acting antivirals, used for hepatitis C, may reactivate hepatitis B) and Europe (EU health regulator warns some hep C drugs could reactivate hep B) are warning of the possibility of HBV reactivation from HCV DAA therapy.  The first warnings came out in April 2016 at EASL and then the US FDA issued warnings in October 2016. In a press release, Health C...

NZers turn to generic Hepatitis C meds

New Zealanders with Hepatitis C are turning to generic, legally-imported treatments that cure the virus and give sufferers a new lease on life. Funded treatment for sufferers was recently made available in New Zealand, but only people with a particular strand of the virus - about half of all sufferers - can access it easily. Dunedin woman Hazel Heal lived with the virus for 30 years before taking generic medications last year. She has now been fully

NZ: New drugs for treating hepatitis C will be available to people living in the Waikato and wider Midland area for free

A new line of drugs achieving a 90 per cent plus cure rate in hepatitis C will be available for free in the Waikato from next year. The Waikato District Health Board will provide a new integrated service for treating hepatitis C across the Waikato and wider Midland area. The service includes a first diagnosis, a liver elastography scan to determine the severity of the disease, and lifestyle education. Those assessed as eligible for treatment, will...

Hep C drug buyers’ club doctor hits out

An Australian doctor involved in a drug buyers’ club that has helped about 50 Otago people access life-saving medicine took a shot at pharmaceutical companies at a gathering in Dunedin last night. Tasmanian Dr James Freeman said pharmaceutical companies had been "having a lend" of the public purse through their pricing of drugs. Dr Freeman was in Dunedin for a "hepster hui" in Northeast Valley last night to celebrate a cure for the potentially fatal he