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Hepatitis C treatment for people in prison may be highly cost-effective in England

Reducing the duration of direct-acting antiviral treatment for hepatitis C will make treatment for people in prison in England highly cost-effective, and could provide an important opportunity

Published
21 May 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Hepatitis B and C - An Action Plan for Saving Lives in Europe

Last year, leading experts, institutions, patient organisations and pharmaceutical industry representatives met and agreed that the major recommendations produced between 2011 and 2014 should be compiled into one comprehensive document, to make it easier for policy makers, decision makers, civil society organisations and healthcare institutions to tackle viral hepatitis effectively.

Published
20 May 2015
From
European Liver Patients Association
Pricing remains main barrier to HCV eradication

Eradication is technically feasible, Dr. Edlin said during a Monday morning AASLD Clinical Symposium, but not likely until current pricing policies change.

Published
20 May 2015
From
Digestive Disease Week News
Is Gilead Sciences Its Own Worst Enemy?

Gilead's science is so good that it's actually destroying the company's business. Pharma companies, like most other businesses, make the bulk of their money through repeat business. Gilead, however, is doing something really no other drugmaker is doing -- namely curing patients of devastating infectious diseases.

Published
20 May 2015
From
Motley Fool
Statin use associated with lower risk of liver decompensation and death in hepatitis C patients with cirrhosis

People with hepatitis and liver cirrhosis were significantly less likely to progress to decompensated disease and less likely to die if they used statins to control blood

Published
19 May 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Investing in hepatitis C drugs could save the economy billions, researchers suggest

Researchers who examined the effect of treating hepatitis C patients with the newer generation of oral drugs suggest while these medications may cost tens of thousands of dollars for a 12-week course, they could avert billions in lost productivity.

Published
19 May 2015
From
Medical News Today
Civacir immune globulin may help prevent HCV reinfection after liver transplant

Civacir, a hepatitis C immune globulin or antibody product, reduced the likelihood of hepatitis C virus infecting the new liver graft after transplantation in people who were

Published
17 May 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Shortening hepatitis C treatment to 6 weeks effective but not perfect for easier-to-treat patients

Shortening hepatitis C treatment to 6 weeks for easier-to-treat patients without cirrhosis does not greatly reduce the efficacy of hepatitis C treatment for people with genotype 1

Published
15 May 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
The VA's Hepatitis C Problem

Approximately 174,000 veterans in government care have been diagnosed with hepatitis C. For treatment, those veterans who know they are sick must go to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its health care services extension: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the largest provider of hepatitis C care in the nation. The VHA serves nearly 9 million patients at over 1,700 sites, but as Dames and many other veterans have found, treatment there is often amiss—especially when it comes to HCV.

Published
14 May 2015
From
Newsweek
Sanders Asks VA to Break Patents on Gilead and AbbVie Hep C Drugs

The ongoing debate over the cost of prescription drugs took another twist as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) has asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use emergency powers to break – or override – the patents on high-priced hepatitis C drugs.

Published
13 May 2015
From
Wall Street Journal (blog)
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