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Monitoring the Hepatitis C Epidemic in the United States: What Tools Are Needed to Acheive Elimination?

Hepatitis C is the most common cause of viral hepatitis infections in the US, and it can cause severe health complications such as liver cancer or death. It is estimated that 3.5 million Americans currently have Hepatitis C, yet there exists limited data monitoring or case surveillance conducted to determine the full scope of the disease in the US and to inform efforts to reduce prevalence. This brief focuses on the current state of Hepatitis C data monitoring and surveillance, and identifies new practical and achievable policies and actions to strengthen our capacity to work toward elimination.

Published
20 June 2017
From
O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University
Experts release new recommendations for the elimination of HCV in the U.S.

A recent report from the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University provides key recommendations for the potential elimination of hepatitis C in the U.S., based upon an expert consultation of 35 diverse stakeholders, including HCV medical and non-medical providers, patient advocates, epidemiologists, and federal HCV policy and program staff.

Published
20 June 2017
From
Healio
Hepatitis C antiviral drugs are effective

The Cochrane analysis casting doubt on this life-saving therapy is flawed and may deter patients from seeking it, say clinicians and scientists

Published
14 June 2017
From
The Guardian
“Findings from hepatitis C study should not deter patients from seeking treatment or governments from funding it” says World Hepatitis Alliance

The World Hepatitis Alliance is concerned that the findings of the Cochrane Review on the new direct acting antiviral (DAA) hepatitis C drugs could have a damaging effect on patient health without a proper understanding of the findings.

Published
13 June 2017
From
World Hepatitis Alliance
The Hepatitis C Trust responds to Cochrane review on hepatitis C treatment

In recent days there has been media coverage of a new study that casts doubt upon the effectiveness of new hepatitis C treatments. Given the potential that the coverage of this study has to mislead patients, The Hepatitis C Trust wishes to make clear that we have fundamental doubts as to the credibility of the research.

Published
13 June 2017
From
Hepatitis C Trust
'Miracle' hepatitis C drugs costing £30k per patient 'may have no clinical effect'

Review concludes drugs hailed as cure for potentially fatal liver disease may clear virus from blood, but there is no evidence they prevent harm or save lives.

Published
08 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Swiss bend rules to provide patients with affordable treatment

For a rich country that is a global hub for pharma companies, Switzerland is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid Hepatitis C patients having to pay for pricey drugs.

Published
05 June 2017
From
Swissinfo
China captures 12 smugglers of Indian pharmaceuticals

Chinese police have detained 12 people for smuggling and selling Indian-made treatments for hepatitis C and cancer, authorities said Wednesday.

Published
24 May 2017
From
Xinhua
Costs for generic hepatitis C drugs available in India would be paid back in 5 to 10 years

Use of the generic versions of directly-acting antiviral drugs that are available in India to treat hepatitis C virus infection is not only cost effective but actually saves lifetime costs for treating infected patients in that country.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Surgeons plan to use hepatitis-infected hearts to slash wait for a transplant

As many as 1,000 such infected kidneys are thrown away each year in the United States, but new medications have made hepatitis C curable — and made it possible to consider using infected organs for transplants. That could cut down on the wait time not just for kidneys but also other organs, especially hearts.

Published
15 May 2017
From
STAT
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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