Hep Spring 2016 – Special Issue

Hep Spring 2016 – Special Issue

In every issue of HEP, you’ll find the hottest topics of interest to our readers along with cutting-edge health information.

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Pamela Anderson

Hear Her Roar

Pamela Anderson is cured of hepatitis C.

From the Editor

Oriol R. Gutierrez

Pretty Woman

Getting access to the new hep C drugs remains an ongoing barrier for too many people, but the drugs keep getting better.


RIP Natalie Cole

American singer, songwriter and performer Natalie Cole died December 31, 2015

Most U.S. States Not Prepared for Outbreaks

As heroin addiction rates continue to hit record highs across America, a new report is pointing to another facet of the drug epidemic.

Hep C Fuels Health Care Spending

By the end of 2015, U.S. health care spending was expected to grow nearly 6 percent from 2014.

Research Chimps to Retire

The National Institutes of Health plans to retire all the nearly 300 government research chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

Allan Clear

A New Challenge for a Longtime Activist

Allan Clear, the former executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, took a job with the New York State Department of Health.

Treatment News

FDA Weighs New Uses for Daklinza

The FDA was reviewing BMS’ request for approval of new uses for Daklinza (daclatasvir) in combination with Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi.

Viekira Pak and Technivie May Cause Liver Damage

The FDA has required AbbVie to add warnings to two of its HCV treatments after receiving reports of serious liver damage.

Rare Heart Risk From Sovaldi and Harvoni

HCV regimens containing Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) may in rare cases cause a severe slowing of the heart.

Once-Daily Viekira Pak

AbbVie has applied for approval from the FDA for a new formulation of Viekira Pak that only needs to be taken once a day

Gilead’s All-Genotype Hep C Drug

The FDA has granted priority review status to Gilead’s application for approval of a once-daily combo tablet of Sovaldi and velpatasvir.

Three-Week Treatment?

Individuals who start a triple regimen of HCV meds and see their virus drop to undetectable levels may only need three weeks of treatment.

Hep C Cure Often Boosts Liver Health

Individuals with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis who are cured of hepatitis C virus (HCV) often see their liver damage reduced.

How Does Hep C Transmit Sexually Between Men?

There is an emerging epidemic of sexually transmitted hepatitis C virus (HCV) among men who have sex with men (MSM).


Hot topics

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