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One in four hepatitis C patients denied initial approval for drug treatment

This study adds to a growing body of literature on the hepatitis C “cascade of care,” in which attrition occurs at every step from diagnosis, confirmation, linkage to care, and treatment.

Published
6 hours ago
From
Yale News
Fatty liver may contribute to higher risk of death for HIV/HCV co-infected people

About a quarter of people in a New York City cohort who had HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) died over a ten-year period – a "strikingly

Published
26 August 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
White House Is Pressed to Help Widen Access to Hepatitis C Drugs via Medicaid

The advisory council criticized three types of restrictions. Some states cover the new drugs only for patients who have advanced liver disease. Many states require patients to abstain from the use of alcohol or illicit drugs for up to a year before treatment. And some states will not cover the drugs unless they are prescribed by specialists like gastroenterologists or experts on infectious diseases.

Published
26 August 2015
From
New York Times
Hepatitis C: Delaware’s hidden epidemic

Delaware’s skyrocketing number of heroin users face a hidden epidemic in hepatitis C, and many can’t get the medicine they need to get well. Patients must jump through hoops to secure the costly medicines through their private or government insurance plans, allowing the infection to slowly destroy their livers. The state public health division reports about 1,200 chronic hep C cases a year. However, state health workers claim actual HCV cases are drastically underreported. Delaware is one of seven states that has not consistently given its hep C numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2009.

Published
26 August 2015
From
Delaware Online
Hepatitis C treatment: Back to the warehouse

Like many physicians that specialize in hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment, I have spent the last few years advising many of my patients with chronic HCV infection to defer treatment and wait for new therapies. Patients, advocacy groups, and physicians closely followed the development of [these new therapies] in eager anticipation of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and, for most patients, the possibility of a cure of their HCV infection. However, this eager anticipation morphed into uneasy concern as, along with FDA approval, drug pricing was announced.

Published
26 August 2015
From
Clinical Liver Disease
HCV infection associated with hardening of the coronary artery

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with an important early warning side of cardiovascular disease, investigators from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) report in the

Published
25 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
While Washington Tackles Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Hepatitis C Treatment Remains Unaffordable

If Washington wants to do something about the public health issues left behind by the opioid abuse epidemic, it might have to start doing something about prescription-drug costs.

Published
19 August 2015
From
National Journal
Hepatitis C patients in England denied lifesaving liver drug

Health experts concerned about decision not to extend Daklinza treatment to patients with genotype 3 strain of virus.

Published
18 August 2015
From
The Observer
Hepatitis C cure associated with significant improvement in liver stiffness in people with HIV and HCV co-infection

A successful response to hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy is associated with a significant improvement in liver stiffness among people with HIV and HCV co-infection, French investigators report

Published
17 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
How the Heroin Crisis Ushered in a Hepatitis C Epidemic

Meanwhile, high prices and stringent requirements from insurers and Big Pharma are limiting access to effective treatment.

Published
12 August 2015
From
Boston magazine
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