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Country’s effort toward historic HCV elimination goal highlights challenges

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A small Eastern European country with limited resources and a high prevalence of hepatitis C, Georgia had factors in its favor in 2015, when it launched a historic effort to eliminate the virus. It had demonstrated both political will and technical capacities with an approach to universal access to health services that had led to […]

Treatment rationing, other structural barriers stand in the way of stopping spread of hepatitis C among people living with HIV, study finds

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When provinces in Canada lifted restrictions pegging eligibility for treatment for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals to the stage of the disease — or range of liver damage — to make the medicines universally accessible, the numbers of people who accessed the treatment nearly doubled, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. New initiation […]

Fixing what’s broken and breaking what’s fixed . . . We’re reading about WHO and Ebola, India and its role in global health

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UN health agency urges better global preparedness against future outbreaks – It was the end of March when Ebola was confirmed in Conakry, Guinea, the first time in the 40-year recorded history of the highly contagious and deadly disease that an outbreak had occurred in a capital city. By June, the outbreak had spread to […]

Gilead hepatitis C drug price deal leaves global treatment access advocates underwhelmed

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When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in early December, it was a step that was “expected to dramatically improve outcomes for many patients,” as one report put it. But how many was a big question, as we noted here. While the drug shortens treatment for […]