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Ireland: Hepatitis C drug to be made available

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is to make available potentially life-saving treatments for hepatitis C – provided agreement on price can be reached with the manufacturers.

Published
22 October 2014
From
The Irish Times
Advocates Criticize Plans to Restrict N.Y. Hepatitis C Drugs

Advocates argue that the proposed criteria are dangerous for people living with the deadly liver disease.

Published
22 October 2014
From
Poz magazine news
Nigel Farage defends plan to bar immigrants with HIV from NHS care

Farage, speaking during an LBC radio phone-in, was confronted by a Briton with HIV who accused him of “playing the race card” and that ramping up fear would make people with HIV hide rather than seek the treatment they needed.

Published
10 October 2014
From
The Guardian
As Hepatitis Pill Harvoni Joins Sovaldi, States Erect Medicaid Hurdles

As Gilead Sciences launches its next generation Hepatitis C pill, Harvoni, Medicaid programs are bracing for another extraordinary wave of costs, with 70 percent of states implementing coverage restrictions.

Published
10 October 2014
From
Forbes
Less Than Half of HIV-Positive US Hispanics Are Getting Proper Care

Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report finds.

Published
10 October 2014
From
U.S. News & World Report
Thousands of Hep C patients in Alexandria wait in long lines to receive Sovaldi

Thousands of Hepatitis C virus patients have flooded two medical centers in Alexandria in hopes of receiving the new Hep C Sovaldi drug, after the health ministry said it will be providing it for patients.

Published
10 October 2014
From
Egypt Independent
Sovaldi ‘unaffordable’ says NHS documents

Senior health officials may have to bar Gilead’s new hepatitis C pill Sovaldi from being funded on the NHS after new data shows it would cost the health service £1 billion a year to fund.

Published
08 October 2014
From
Pharmafile
How Some State Medicaid Programs Limit Drugs to Only the Sickest Patients

Because of its high cost, some state Medicaid programs and prison systems are refusing to provide Sovaldi to any but the sickest patients. Most recently, Oregon last month threatened to limit access to the drug unless it can get Sovaldi at a deeply discounted price. What can states do to hold down drug costs? Drug pricing is a complicated and opaque process. Here are some of the basics.

Published
07 October 2014
From
Governing.com
Thai patients to receive free HIV drugs, regardless of CD4 count

The Thai Public Health Ministry has started distributing free antiretroviral drugs to all HIV patients in a move to expand treatment coverage and place them under the state's monitoring system. Previously, HIV patients would receive the drugs only if their number of CD4 cells — which mark the presence of HIV antibodies — decreased to 350, compared with 500 in normal people. From Wednesday, all HIV patients would have access to the drugs without the need for a CD4 count, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas said on Wednesday.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Bangkok Post
Exclusive: India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS program

India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs program in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month.

Published
01 October 2014
From
Reuters
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