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Infectious Diseases and the Opioid Epidemic
National Association of County and City Health Officials. 01/2018 This Web page provides resources for health departments about the opioid epidemic and the increased the risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses, including HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV) through unsafe injection practices. The resources will help health departments assess local vulnerability to the spread of hepatitis and HIV among people who inject drugs, and determine what actions are needed to prepare for and respond to this vulnerability. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Hepatitis C-Exposed Infants Not Adequately Screened
WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 -- Many infants who are exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV) during pregnancy are not screened for HCV infection, according to a study published online May 2 in Pediatrics. Catherine A. Chappell, M.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cherokee Nation lauded for hepatitis C elimination effort
One of the largest Native American tribes is the first community in the US to implement a hepatitis C elimination program to treat its citizens; federal officials say the initiative could serve as a national model (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Novel Purchasing Strategy Could Cut Medicaid Costs for HCV Meds
TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 -- A novel purchasing strategy could dramatically reduce the costs of medications for hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online May 15 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Noting that new... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Eliminating the Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus to Reduce New Cases of Liver Cancer
May 16, 2018 2:00-3:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to cure more hepatitis C patients
(University of Southern California) The cost of cures for hepatitis C have been prohibitive, but experts who served on an NAS panel have a solution that will save more patients and incentivize drug innovation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 14, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sofosbuvir Improves Renal Safety in Patients With Chronic Hep C
FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 -- Sofosbuvir-based treatment appears to guarantee renal safety for patients with chronic hepatitis C virus over one year of follow-up, according to a study published online May 7 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nurse accused of using her own drug needles on patients — and exposing them to hepatitis C
A Washington state emergency room nurse has resigned and her license has been suspended after  accusations that she exposed patients to hepatitis C by stealing narcotics and using her own needle to administer their medication. Officials with the State Department of Health said Monday that Cora Weberg’s nursing license has been suspended “due to alleged diversion of […]Related:She was told her perpetually runny nose was from ‘allergies.’ It was a brain-fluid leak.She collapsed on a flight to the Cleveland Clinic. A doctor from there happened to be on board.‘I saved them be...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nurse accused of reusing drug needles on patients
At least two patients at the Washington state hospital were infected with Hepatitis C while the nurse was treating them, officials say (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elbasvir/grazoprevir Efficacy High in Black Adults with HCV Infection
The current study was one of the largest analyses to date of black participants receiving all-oral DAA treatment. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - May 4, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Small-town EDs May Have Large Impact on HCV Screening
HCV screening of baby boomers seen in a suburban emergency department found remarkably high seropositivity rates, say authors of a new study.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - May 4, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

OMHRC Efforts around Viral hepatitis C among Hispanics/Latinos
May 29, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Latinos and Hepatitis C: Where we Are and What We Need to Do
May 23, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rates of HCV Screening Low Among Children Exposed in Pregnancy Rates of HCV Screening Low Among Children Exposed in Pregnancy
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is on the rise among pregnant women due to the opioid epidemic, yet most perinatally infected children are flying under the radar due to insufficient screening, warn researchers from Pennsylvania in a new paper.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Opioid Crisis Means More Newborns With Hepatitis C, But Few Get Tested
WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 -- Due to the U.S. opioid epidemic, hepatitis C is up among pregnant women, raising the risk for mother-to-child transmission of the virus, a new study reveals. Hepatitis C can be contracted via dirty needles used by opioid... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 2, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Infants exposed to hepatitis C increasing, yet not adequately screened, MWRI study finds
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Among the 1,025 HCV-exposed infants, 31 percent received well-child services in the same health system, and among these, only 30 percent were screened for HCV. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gilead shares rattled by sharp slide in hepatitis C drug sales
(Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Two patients contracted hepatitis C from nurse at Washington hospital
The nurse, who has not been identified, administered antihistamines and sedatives as part of her job in the ER at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'The NHS treatment that caused my cancer'
Thousands want answers after being infected with hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood products. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Testing Shockingly Low; Liver Damage a Risk
Americans most at risk for hepatitis C — boomers born between 1945 and 1965 — are not being tested for the silent disease that could kill them. ... By the time Hep C symptoms emerge, the person may... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - April 27, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Sales Of AbbVie's Hepatitis C Drugs Soar
Sales AbbVie's drugs for hepatitis C were $919 million in the first quarter of 2018, 60% above the consensus forecasts of Wall Street analysts, helping to boost the company's earnings to $2.8 billion on sales of $7.9 billion, up 33% and 21% from last year. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Tags: NASDAQ:ABBV NASDAQ:ENTA Source Type: news

AbbVie's beat fueled by demand for Humira, Hep C drugs
(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, driven by higher sales of its rheumatoid arthritis treatment Humira and its Hepatitis C drugs, leading the company to raise its full-year earnings forecast. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hepatitis C - It's about More than Liver Disease
May 2, 2018 1:00-2:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HCV Screening, Transmission, and Treatment: A Test
This new quiz on hepatitis C tests what you know about mother-to-child transmission, testing at-risk populations, optimal regimens for your sickest patients, and more. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - April 23, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Quiz Source Type: news

Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis - United States, 2016
In 2016, all 50 states and the District of Columbia submitted reports of acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection, 48 states submitted reports of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, 42 submitted reports of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, 43 submitted reports of chronic HBV infection, and 42 submitted reports of chronic HCV infection. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Spending on medicines grew less than one percent in 2017
Last year, a record number of new treatments and cures that are transforming care for patients fighting debilitating diseases like cancer, hepatitis C, high cholesterol and more were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the midst of all this incredible progress, spending on medicines grewjust 0.6 percent in 2017, according to the newIQVIA Institute for Human Data Science “2017 Medicine Use and Spending in the U.S.” report. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - April 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: FDA cancer drug cost Hepatitis C high cholesterol Biologics and Biosimilars Source Type: news

Hepatitis C-infected Heart and Lung Transplants Safe Hepatitis C-infected Heart and Lung Transplants Safe
Organs donated from people infected with hepatitis C can be safely transplanted, and any transmission of the virus can be treated with antiretrovirals, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives
Overdose donors were also more likely to have had hepatitis C or be tagged with an "increased infection risk" label. Specifically, 18 percent and 56 percent had hepatitis C or were labeled risky, respectively, over the study period. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Britain ’s use of contaminated blood was no ‘tragedy’ – it was a scandal | Simon Hattenstone
The latest inquiry must discover how thousands of haemophiliacs contracted HIV or hepatitis C from blood products, and why it was covered up for so longIn two weeks ’ time Sir Brian Langstaff will take up his post as chair of thepublic inquiry into contaminated blood and contaminated blood products. Today, World Haemophilia Day, is the perfect occasion to remind Langstaff what the thousands of haemophiliac victims need from this inquiry if they are to get justice.In the 1970s and 1980s more than 4,600 haemophiliacs contracted HIV or hepatitis C after being infected by contaminated blood-clotting products. Much of the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Simon Hattenstone Tags: Health Society Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Aids and HIV NHS Health policy Politics UK news Science Medical research Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Treatments Reduce Transplants
(MedPage Today) -- Therapies also appear to reduce liver-related mortality (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - April 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Symptoms Can Persist After Cure (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Cryoglobulins observed 2 years after sustained virologic response (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 13, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Hepatitis C virus elimination programs report encouraging results: Is elimination within reach?
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) National programs in Georgia and Iceland report high levels of engagement, treatment initiation, and cure, suggesting HCV elimination targets are achievable. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sustained virological response to oral hepatitis C virus treatment associated with reduced mortality in an Italian cohort
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A large-scale, real-world data on the course of liver disease after clearance of HCV with direct-acting antiviral agents show reduced risk of death at all stages of disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Baby Boomer HCV Screening Rates Remain Low, Study Finds
Black and Hispanic boomers had lower odds of HCV screening between 2013-2015, as did female and older members of the 1945-1965 cohort. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - April 12, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Glecaprevir-pibrentasvir in HCV Genotypes 1 & amp; 3: SVR Rates High after 8 Weeks
The recently-approved HCV treatment produced SVR rates of 95% or greater and discontinuation rates for AEs was extremely low. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - April 12, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Non-profit ’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative
Exclusive: 71 million people stand to benefit from reduced price treatment for virus which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and deathAn affordable hepatitis C treatment has been shown to be safe and effective, with very high cure rates for patients including hard-to-treat cases, in interim clinical trial results that offer hope to the 71 million people living with the disease worldwide. The treatment is expected to cost $300 for 12 weeks, or $3.50 per day, in Malaysia, where trials were conducted along with Thailand – a fraction of the cost of other hepatitis C medicines produced by major drugmakers, which often r...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: Medical research Hepatitis C Global health Global development Science Society Egypt Pharmaceuticals industry Source Type: news

New affordable hepatitis C combination treatment shows 97 percent cure rate
(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) The sofosbuvir/ravidasvir combination treatment for hepatitis C has been shown to be safe and effective, with extremely high cure rates, according to interim results from the Phase II/III STORM-C-1 trial presented by DNDi at the International Liver Conference in Paris. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First real-world studies report glecaprevir/pibrentasvir to be effective and well tolerated in chronic HCV infection
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) Studies conducted in Italy and Germany confirm the effectiveness and safety of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, with viral suppression rates similar to those observed in clinical trials. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Screening for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with hepatitis C-related cirrhosis achieving sustained virological response is likely to be cost effective
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A Canadian study suggests that biannual or annual ultrasound screening for HCC is likely to be cost effective after a sustained virological response in those with hepatitis C-related cirrhosis, but not in those with advanced fibrosis without cirrhosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Linkage to care specialist facilitates access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A longitudinal study involving more than 1,000 individuals reports promising role for linkage to care specialists in expanding access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Punjab, India: Mass treatment of a population with chronic hepatitis C infection produces high rates of cure
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A program of decentralized public healthcare achieves high rates of cure regardless of genotype or the presence of cirrhosis: the Punjab Model. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Benefits of Hepatitis C Virus Cure: Every Rose Has Thorns The Benefits of Hepatitis C Virus Cure: Every Rose Has Thorns
This review examines not only the health benefits to the individual but also the associated public health benefits that come with HCV cure via DAAs.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Hepatitis C: A novel point-of-care assay
(Institut Pasteur) One of the major challenges identified by the WHO in efforts to eradicate the hepatitis C virus is the diagnosis of chronic cases that are generally asymptomatic. Major progress is required for new diagnostic techniques that can be 'decentralized,' in other words accessed by populations and countries with limited resources. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and Inserm, in collaboration with the company genedrive, have developed and validated a rapid, reliable, point-of-care HCV assay. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hep C drugs among those accepted today for Scottish NHS
Five new medicines, including treatments for hepatitis C, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, have been approved for use by regulators in Scotland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

In Your 60s: Blood Pressure, Hepatitis C, Cancer Risk
In your 60s you may have less allergies and a healthy lifestyle. ... However, it's important to avoid inflammation and heart disease risks. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - April 8, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

2018 National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference
May 18-20, 2018; San Antonio, TX. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liver Cancer on the Rise in Backdrop of Undiagnosed Hep C Liver Cancer on the Rise in Backdrop of Undiagnosed Hep C
The hepatitis C epidemic that started in the 1950s infected many patients who are now developing end-stage liver cancer, and the number of cases is growing, researchers report.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Past surgical patients at a Denver hospital may be at risk of HIV, hepatitis
A sterilization breach at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver may have put patients at risk for infection of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, according to a release from the Colorado state health department. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news