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Many patients on new HCV medications at risk of drug-drug interactions

Many patients taking direct acting antivirals (DAA) to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) are at risk of clinically significant drug-drug interactions (DDIs), new research shows.

Published
23 December 2015
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
Australia: People Who Use Drugs Welcome Decision to ‘Seize the Day’ on New Hepatitis C Treatments

The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) celebrates today’s momentous decision by the Australian Government to fund highly effective new hepatitis C treatment medications through their listing on the PBS.

Published
21 December 2015
From
Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League
Concern over hepatitis C drug costs only the beginning, health officials say

A new report on the high price of a breakthrough hepatitis C drug affirms what state health care officials have known for some time: That the regimen’s $84,000 price tag limited the number of patients who could access it, while straining the budgets of state Medicaid programs that had to pay for it.

Published
21 December 2015
From
The News Tribune
Hopes Hepatitis C could be wiped out in Australia as the Federal Government pledges $1b to subsidise 'breakthrough' cures

Australians with Hepatitis C will no longer have to spend up to $100,000 on a course of treatment, after the Federal Government announced $1 billion in funding to subsidise the cost of four so-called “miracle treatments”.

Published
21 December 2015
From
9news.com.au
Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals

More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.

Published
17 December 2015
From
EurekAlert (press release)
Curing Hepatitis C, in an Experiment the Size of Egypt

A new approach tested in Egypt could become the blueprint for providing cutting-edge medicines to the poor.

Published
16 December 2015
From
New York Times
Sofosbuvir/daclatasvir combination could be produced for $200 per hepatitis C cure

Month-by-month tracking of the prices paid in India for the chemicals used to make hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals shows that it is now possible to make and

Published
14 December 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Grazoprevir/elbasvir cures more than 90% of people with HIV/HCV co-infection

Merck's grazoprevir/elbasvir combination cured 93% of people with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection, was well-tolerated and did not appear to interact with antiretrovirals, according to final results from

Published
11 December 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Study Probes Value of Hepatitis C Treatment at All Stages of Liver Fibrosis

Treating hepatitis C sooner rather than later -- even at the early stages of liver fibrosis -- is worth the thousands of dollars it costs to pay for the new, more effective drugs, according to researchers who developed a model to assess historical treatment data.

Published
10 December 2015
From
MD Magazine
Survey shows hepatitis infection rates falling: Health Minister

The previous survey, conducted in 2008, set the overall infection rate at 10%, compared to the 7% reported by the survey announced on Monday. This puts the total number of hepatitis-C cases at approximately 3.5 million, and the number of hepatitis-B cases at 800,000, according to the survey results.

Published
09 December 2015
From
Daily News Egypt

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