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European HCV treatment access survey shows big variations in eligibility

England, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia have the tightest restrictions on who can receive direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment for hepatitis C, while France, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Poland

Published
20 April 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Curing hepatitis C reduces cardiovascular risk

Curing hepatitis C reduces the risk of cardiovascular events in people with compensated cirrhosis, a large French study presented this week at the International Liver Congress in

Published
20 April 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Long-term antibiotic prophylaxis reduces mortality in people with advanced liver disease

A multicenter, randomized, controlled study presented today found that long-term oral antibiotic therapy with norfloxacin improved the prognosis of people with life-threatening advanced liver disease. The study, presented at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, showed that norfloxacin administration for six months was associated with a reduced risk of death and infection at six months in patients with Child-Pugh class C cirrhosis, a very severe and advanced stage of liver disease.

Published
20 April 2017
From
EASL press release
Hepatitis C treatment can be provided successfully at syringe programme sites

Administering direct-acting antiviral therapy for people who inject drugs at a syringe exchange site led to high sustained response rates in a pilot study in New York

Published
19 April 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies 2017

The global pharmaceutical market was estimated in USD 1.1 trillion in 2016. The top ten pharmaceutical companies in this market had share of around 40% in 2016 and the top 15 approximately 50%. A comparative analysis of the top 15 organisations was used to develop a ranking for these companies. The analysis shows that by far the biggest earners in terms of classes of drugs were oncology drugs and related immune-modulators. Two of the top ten companies featured hepatitis C drugs in their largest earners and one (Gilead) HIV drugs. The HPV vaccine Gardasil also made a lot of money for its developers Merck.

Published
18 April 2017
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LinkedIn
Homeless US military veterans have high rates of HIV, HCV and HBV

Homeless veterans in the United States have a significantly higher prevalence of infection with HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to non-homeless veterans,

Published
13 April 2017
By
Michael Carter
Hepatitis drug patent application opposed

A health advocacy group voiced its opposition Tuesday to a patent application for hepatitis C medicine, Sofosbuvir, filed with the Department of Intellectual Property's Patent Office, which the group said was unjustified. If approved, the drug patent would bar fair competition by precluding the development and distribution of generic versions of Sofosbuvir at lower prices, said a group of 30 activists led by the Aids Access Foundation and Thai Network of People Living with HIV/Aids.

Published
12 April 2017
From
Bangkok Post
London data show that hepatitis C is passed on during anal sex without a condom

Around one in five HIV-positive gay men who recently acquired hepatitis C report anal sex without a condom as the only behaviour that could explain

Published
10 April 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Portugal hepatitis A outbreak: 'Far from controlled'

In a follow-up to the hepatitis A outbreak in Portugal, the Director General of Health reported the case tally has grown to 138 since the beginning of the year, according to an MSN Notocias report (computer translated). And the outbreak is considered from from being under control.

Published
10 April 2017
From
Outbreak News Today
WHO prequalifies first generic active ingredient for hepatitis C medicines

On 31 March 2017, WHO for the first time prequalified a generic active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for hepatitis C – sofosbuvir. Sofosbuvir is an essential ingredient for new, highly effective medicines to treat hepatitis C called direct active antivirals (DAAs). The prequalified product’s manufacturer is Mylan Laboratories Ltd - India.

Published
05 April 2017
From
World Health Organization

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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