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Hepatitis C kills more people than any other infectious disease in US, CDC says

The number of deaths due to hepatitis C is at an all-time high in the US and exceeds those attributable to 60 other infectious diseases including

Published
8 hours ago
By
Liz Highleyman
Hepatitis C therapy improves quality of life for people who inject drugs, but reinfection risk remains

People on opiate substitution therapy can be successfully treated with grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier), leading to improvements in some aspects of quality of life, according to findings from the

Published
11 hours ago
By
Keith Alcorn
Sky-high price of hepatitis C drug produces profits for lawmakers

While patients in Massachusetts await affordable doses of the blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III has financially benefited from the success of the drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, according to public financial disclosures and campaign finance records.

Published
05 May 2016
From
Center for Responsive Politics
Antiviral therapies give Hepatitis C cirrhosis patients similar life expectancy as general population

The survival rate of patients with hepatitis C virus-related cirrhosis who respond well to antiviral therapies equals that of the general population, say investigators in the Journal of Hepatology.

Published
05 May 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
First Canadian Study Demonstrates Potential to Remove Patients from Active Liver Transplant List After Curing Hepatitis C

Researchers with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at London Health Sciences Centre and the Lawson Health Research Institute have been able to remove one-third (33 per cent) of patients from the active liver transplant waiting list by "curing" them of their Hepatitis C disease.

Published
03 May 2016
From
Lawson Health Research Institute press release
'Aggressive' pricing helps Merck steal hep C share with newcomer Zepatier

Merck & Co. has yet to report first-quarter earnings, so industry watchers still don’t know exactly how much market share the company’s new hep C combo treatment, Zepatier, has scored since winning approval in late January. But so far, comments from its competitors suggest it’s doing pretty well for itself.

Published
03 May 2016
From
Fierce Pharma
People treated for hepatitis C have unexpectedly high rate of liver cancer recurrence

Hepatitis C patients with cirrhosis who were treated with direct-acting antivirals had about twice the expected likelihood of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), with the excess risk seen

Published
29 April 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Portugal's roll-out of HCV therapy with DAAs achieves impressive results

Roll-out of hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy using direct acting antivirals (DAAs) has achieved excellent outcomes in Portugal, data presented to the International Liver Congress in Barcelona shows.

Published
27 April 2016
By
Michael Carter
New York Insurers to Change Coverage of Hepatitis C Drugs

Seven health-insurance companies in New York will change their criteria for covering costly drugs that cure chronic hepatitis C under the terms of agreements with the office of State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Published
26 April 2016
From
Wall Street Journal
AIDS expert to head $5-million research efforts on hepatitis C

Health Minister Terry Lake on Thursday announced a $5-million study that will look at how to reduce the spread of hepatitis C among intravenous drug users, sex workers and men who have sex with men. It will concentrate on people who have already taken medication that clears them of the hepatitis C virus, but who could be reinfected if they have blood-to-blood contact with another person. They will be encouraged to prevent that by using condoms, not sharing needles and taking part in support programs through Vancouver Coastal Health, one of the five organizations involved in the program.

Published
22 April 2016
From
Vancouver Sun
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