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WHO moves to improve access to lifesaving medicines for hepatitis C, drug-resistant TB and cancers

WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others.

Published
11 May 2015
From
World Health Organization
Hepatitis C infections soaring, fueled by prescription painkiller abuse

Rates of hepatitis C are soaring, largely driven by an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, a new report shows. The incidence of acute hepatitis C infections among young people in rural areas of four Appalachian states more than tripled from 2006.

Published
11 May 2015
From
USA TODAY
Sofosbuvir-based therapy effective for hepatitis C patients with decompensated cirrhosis

Interferon-free regimens containing sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) plus simeprevir (Olysio) cured about three-quarters of people with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C with advanced cirrhosis and MELD scores >10 in

Published
11 May 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Gilead triple combination cures easy-to-treat hepatitis C patients in 6 weeks, but 4 weeks is not enough

A 6-week regimen of sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) plus two experimental direct-acting antivirals being developed by Gilead Sciences cured more than 90% of previously untreated people with genotype 1 hepatitis

Published
07 May 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
ViiV Healthcare Begins Phase III Programme with dolutegravir/rilpivirine Combination for HIV Maintenance Therapy

The Phase III programme will evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of switching to dolutegravir plus rilpivirine from current INI-,NNRTI-, or PI-based antiretroviral regimen in HIV-1-infected adults who are virologically suppressed. In the clinical trials, dolutegravir and rilpivirine will be provided as individual tablets; development of the single-tablet formulation will be concurrent with conduct of the trials.

Published
06 May 2015
From
Viiv Healthcare press release
Hepatitis C common among HIV-positive patients in sub-Saharan Africa

Around 3% of people in sub-Saharan Africa have been infected with HCV infection, rising to 5.7 per cent in individuals with HIV. The findings will inform the global debate about how treatment should be made available to all those who need it.

Published
06 May 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Gilead: Stop Blocking Access to Hepatitis C Treatment

On the eve of pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences’ annual shareholder meeting, thousands of people who have hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HCV/HIV coinfection, with their allies and physicians, have demanded that Gilead change its policies that deny access to treatment for millions of people in developing countries.

Published
05 May 2015
From
Treatment Action Group
High Cure Rates Will Not Curb Hepatitis C, Expert Warns

Even with new drug combinations that have cure rates nearing 100%, the fight against the hepatitis C virus is not over, according to one global expert. "I believe that an infection present in 130 million to 170 million individuals cannot be eradicated with antiviral therapies. It's just not possible," said Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, MD, from Henri Mondor University Hospital in Créteil, France.

Published
05 May 2015
From
Medscape
Civil Society Groups Tell UNITAID: Support access mechanisms led by civil society, not the pharmaceutical industry

Letters from global groups express deep concerns about the Medicines Patent Pool’s entry into hepatitis C treatment.

Published
05 May 2015
From
Hep C Coalition
Egypt opens first factory for locally produced Sovaldi

Egypt's health minister said Hepatitis C is "one of the most dangerous threats to Egypt", on Sunday during the opening ceremony of a factory for the local production of Hepatitis C medication Sovaldi.

Published
05 May 2015
From
News Egypt

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