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Drugs in Development / Clinical Trials—Updated April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
As many as 17,000 people a year are sickened by hepatitis A, according to 2010 estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 95 people die. That’s only a fraction of the 48 million people in the U.S. who are sickened by food poisoning each year, but hepatitis A is the only foodborne bug for which an effective vaccine actually exists.
The hepatitis A virus causes acute liver infection that can trigger lingering illness and even liver failure or death, though that’s rare. It’s spread when a person ingests fecal material from an infected person and causes symptoms that include, fever, chills, nausea, dark-colored urine and jaundice, a yellowing of the skin or eyes.
The patient — identified as "G. Rains" in court records — has sued Dr. W. Scott Harrington, claiming the dentist deliberately used rusty instruments and re-used contaminated drug vials that led to Rains' infection. According to health officials and court records, Rains is the first confirmed patient in the U.S. to contract hepatitis C from another patient in a dental office. Health officials shut down Harrington's practices last year, and the investigation into the clinics continues.
Rains declined an in-person interview with The Associated Press but agreed to answer questions submitted through his lawyer, Mark Lyons.
Watch the interview here...
The women are suing Croydon Hospital Pty Ltd after being infected by drug-addicted anaesthetist James Latham Peters.
Lawyers for the hospital had offered to settle both cases, but on the condition that the individual's case be rolled into the class action.
Andrew Ingram, representing the lone litigant, told the Victorian Supreme Court that his client did not want to be part of the group.
Justice David Beach said he did not believe he had the power to force the woman to join the class action, and adjourned both cases.
Why does it seem only new drug treatments elicit the question whether we can afford them? If a new surgical technique and hospital stay cost $55,000 but permitted a 90-to-100-per cent cure rate for hepatitis C, as the new drugs apparently do, would we ask the same question? Would it also be described as “shockingly expensive?” I doubt it.
It costs $60,000 every year to keep someone with kidney failure alive with dialysis. Do we ask if we can afford this? Do we ask if the cost of treating a stroke, heart attack or trauma victim is “affordable?”
No, of course not.
he Foster City company said Sovaldi generated nearly $2.3 billion in the first three months of the year, easily surpassing analysts' estimates of $1 billion. That would make Sovaldi the best-selling new drug of all time, according to some analysts.
"This is the biggest launch of a new drug in first-quarter sales that we're aware of," said Michael Yee, an analyst for RBC Capital Markets. "I think it's a testament to the transformation breakthrough this drug is providing, which is essentially a cure in a pill."
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Elder abuse cases have been making headlines around the country. Now the first hepatitis C outbreak in a nursing home has spawned a lawsuit a rash of diagnoses turned up in North Dakota facility.
So far, two residents are suing for monetary damages, under the claim that ManorCare Health Services didn’t protect residents adequately. However, more victims may join the lawsuit shortly, because 44 confirmed cases of hepatitis C have been identified, and all may be linked to the care facility and/or staff’s actions (or lack thereof).
Plaintiffs may apply for class-action lawsuit status to streamline the process and help win compensation for those who were affected.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1221794/nursing-home-faces-hepatitis-c-outbreak/#jBaduww7RU3j8gzd.99