Welcome to the Pacific Hepatitis C Network (PHCN)‘s Hepatitis C News in Review Newsletter. This is where we review all of the major current issues and events around hepatitis C and hep C treatments. It is an email that includes links to our recent blog posts—including links to a blog post about the importance of eliminating hepatitis C.
The group most impacted by hepatitis C, some 60,000 in B.C., are baby boomers, those who were born between 1945 and 1965. Many have lived with the infection for years but have never been tested or treated because they have never believed themselves to be at risk. This is the time that everyone, including baby boomers, should be tested and treated for hepatitis C.
In hepatitis C and hep C treatment there are three ‘R’s that are big, sad, and scary. They are the bringers of sadness that if doctors, friends, and communities could protect someone from, they would. Click the above link for more information.
Coverage for four hepatitis C treatments has changed. The four new hepatitis C treatments (Epclusa, Zepatier, Daklinza, and Sunvepra) are being or have been added to various provincial formularies across Canada.
Technivie, the hepatitis C treatment, was approved for use in Canada in October 2015 and then later went on to pursue approval for BC PharmaCare coverage in January 2016. However, negotiations that may have led to BC PharmaCare coverage being granted in the near future were closed as an agreement couldn’t be reached between AbbVie and pCPA at this time.
The hepatitis C treatment Holkira Pak was approved for use in Canada in March 2015 and then was later approved for BC PharmaCare coverage in July 2015. Although Holkira Pak is still approved for use in Canada and has an amazingly high cure rate, as of March 23, 2017, BC PharmaCare wont cover it.
Blog Posts by PHCN’s President Daryl Luster
- Linkage to Care and Hepatitis C
- Is Anyone Listening?
- The Grassroots
- Seven Years Hep C Free
- Reflections on the Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infection (STBBI) Stakeholders Meeting
Coming this Spring
Eh, starting this spring, Help-4-Hep helpline will be in Canada. Help-4-Hep is a non-profit, peer-to-peer helpline where counselors work with patients to meet the challenges of hepatitis C head-on. Look for more details to come or call the American Help-4-Hep helpline all free of charge.