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Drugs in Development / Clinical Trials—Updated August 19, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Egypt has the highest infection level of the disease in the world, with 14.7% of the population carrying HCV, but it is still not clear why this is so.
Treatment campaigns for bilharzia – a disease caused by parasitic worms - during the 1960s and 1970s, using parenteral antischistosomal therapy (PAT), contributed to the epidemic through wide-scale sharing of needles and syringes. However, these campaigns can explain only about 10% of HCV infections in the country. It is probable that most HCV infections in Egypt are linked to exposures in medical care settings.
Hepatitis Australia today welcomed the recommendation to add simeprevir (Olysio) to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the treatment of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C.
Responding to the PBAC decision to reject an application to subsidise the antiviral medication sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), Ms Tyrrell said “it’s a sad day when access to game-changing therapy is denied. This is a bad outcome for people living with hepatitis C”.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
An agenda item for the regular meeting of the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry states “discussion and possible action to accept permanent surrender of license and agreed order” in the case against Dr. W. Scott Harrington. The meeting is at 9 a.m. Friday in Oklahoma City.
In September last year, genetic testing confirmed that at least one patient contracted hepatitis C from a visit to Harrington’s office. It was the first documented report of patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C in a dental setting in the United States.
Update - August 22, 2014: Scott Harrington permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday
Not many people who battle drug addiction and Hepatitis C live to tell about it. Yet, 62-year-old Baltimorean and former county drug czar Mike Gimbel fought and conquered both.
Gimbel, a former heroin addict, spent his teenage years leading a double life. By day, he was a typical Jewish boy from Pikesville. By night, he was scouring the streets of Baltimore for drugs. Nearly bankrupting his family, Gimbel spent about $250 a day to satisfy his drug habit.
“I had no idea what long-term damage I was doing to my body,” he said. “To be honest, I’m lucky I made it to 20.”
They will be launching the campaign at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas on Thursday, and will be continuing with events across the nation over the next several months.
According to Ron Ticho, senior vice president of corporate communications at OraSure, professional truckers have more than five times the risk of contracting Hepatitis C than the rest of the population. He said the age demographic and lifestyle of the professional trucking population puts it higher at risk.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
UK: Students put at risk of HIV and hepatitis from botched blood tests and vaccinations sue their former university
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2729993/Students-risk-HIV-hepatitis-botched-blood-tests-vaccinations-sue-former-university.html#ixzz3AxJd6yCd