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Only treating patients with cirrhosis with DAAs will have limited impact on HCV epidemic in England

Targeting new hepatitis C virus (HCV) direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) at patients with cirrhosis will substantially reduce short-term incidence of end-stage liver disease (ESLD) and liver cancer (HCC) in

Published
25 May 2016
By
Michael Carter
Next-generation HCV treatments should benefit challenging patient groups

Despite treatment success rates of 95 percent and better, hepatitis C (HCV) therapy can still improve. Finding a universal cure is the goal, according to Michael Fried, MD, professor of medicine and director of the UNC Liver Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Published
23 May 2016
From
Digestive Disease Week blog
The Hepatitis C Trust is considering seeking a judicial review of NHS England’s decision to ration access to hepatitis C treatment

The Hepatitis C Trust wrote to NHS England to ask it to reconsider its decision to limit the number of people with hepatitis C who are allowed access to new NICE approved drugs that cure the disease. On Monday 16th May, 2016 NHS England replied with a response that The Hepatitis C Trust did not find satisfactory. With great regret it now has to consider seeking a judicial review of the decision.

Published
18 May 2016
From
Hepatitis C Trust
Does having HIV affect response to hepatitis C treatment?

A study from the US Veterans Health Administration found that HIV-positive people responded as well as those without HIV to direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for hepatitis C,

Published
16 May 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
WHO issues new hepatitis C guidelines, EASL guidelines update forthcoming in September

In April, coinciding with the 2016 International Liver Congress in Barcelona, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an update to its Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment

Published
12 May 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Philip Christopher Baldwin: “We need better access to treatment for gay men living with HIV and Hep C”

I am saddened by the delay in the provision of Hep C treatment in the UK. Of the 103,700 people living with HIV in the UK, nine per cent are co-infected with Hep C, many of them gay men. It is unfair that we have to cope with Hep C without help. We have a treatment which can cure Hep C, but the treatment is being withheld by the NHS for funding reasons.

Published
11 May 2016
From
Gay Times
Covering Costly HCV Tx: Who Makes that Call?

Forcing U.S. states to cover pricey treatments for people with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) would cause the Medicaid budget to "explode," according to a Medicaid representative.

Published
11 May 2016
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
It’s Time to End Insurance Restrictions on Life-Saving Hepatitis C Treatments

As consensus on the shortsightedness of insurance restrictions on life-saving hepatitis C treatments continues to build, it’s time for private insurers and Medicaid programs to give all Americans suffering from this devastating disease a chance at a cure.

Published
10 May 2016
From
American Journal of Managed Care
Study: Cheaper to cure hepatitis C sooner than later

Although it would take a huge investment at the outset, treating hepatitis C patients could save $800 billion in the next 20 years and free up treatment for thousands of people with other liver disease.

Published
10 May 2016
From
UPI.com
A Way Out of the Dismal Arithmetic of Hepatitis C Treatment

This special issue of The American Journal of Managed Care presents important new peer-reviewed research about the consequences of this dismal arithmetic of HCV treatment. The papers cover ground ranging from the out-of-pocket costs of a DAA treatment course to the real-world consequences—both economic and clinical—of failing to treat.

Published
10 May 2016
From
American Journal of Managed Care
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