Tag: Hepatitis C

If a cure for the hepatitis C virus exists, does eradication become a public responsibility?

By Adam Cook

Adam Cook

Adam Cook is a policy researcher at the Canadian Treatment Action Council.

Since 2004 many patient groups and advocacy organizations have observed a day of awareness for viral hepatitis, but it was not until the 63rd annual World Health Assembly in 2010 that the World Health Organization officially declared July 28 as the international day to raise awareness, World Hepatitis Day (WHD). WHD is observed by agencies across the world seeking to address the global epidemic of viral hepatitis that impacts 400 million people worldwide.

Hepatitis C in Canada

What is hepatitis C? How many people in Canada are affected?

With World Hepatitis Day approaching on July 28, service providers have an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of hepatitis C across Canada. To help you get the message out to the communities you serve, CATIE has produced a series of infographics.

Cured of Hep C, but still living with it

By Hermione Jefferishermione-jefferis-web

What happens when much of your life is built around a particular position or identity, and then that identity changes?

In 1993, while in the hospital having my daughter, I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. Three years ago, I did the ribavirin and pegylated interferon treatment and cleared the virus. It’s very cool to be living virus-free after 25+ years of being positive, but it is also kind of weird.

Déjà vu: Canada’s drug reviewers again mired in bureaucracy

By Adam Cook

Adam Cook

Adam Cook is a policy researcher at the Canadian Treatment Action Council.

The development of treatment for the cure of hepatitis C (HCV) is moving at a dizzying pace. Indeed, the entire HCV story is one of an unusually fast trajectory, not only the speed of treatment development, but also the spread of the virus. While early cures were injection-based, difficult to tolerate, and boasting a mere 50% success rate after a year of treatment, there now exist cures that involve one pill, once a day, for a regimen that often doesn’t exceed twelve weeks. There are clinical trials being conducted presently to evaluate the efficacy of new treatments at eight and 10 weeks.1 Over 300,000 Canadians are infected with HCV, with many of them unaware of their status.