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WHO issues its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines – 9 April 2014

Posted on April 11, 2014. Filed under: Hepatology, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

WHO issues its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines – 9 April 2014

“WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year.

The publication of the “WHO Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection” coincides with the availability of more effective and safer oral hepatitis medicines, along with the promise of even more new medicines in the next few years.

“The WHO recommendations are based on a thorough review of the best and latest scientific evidence,” says Dr Stefan Wiktor, who leads WHO’s Global Hepatitis Programme. “The new guidance aims to help countries to improve treatment and care for hepatitis and thereby reduce deaths from liver cancer and cirrhosis.”

WHO will be working with countries to introduce the guidelines as part of their national treatment programmes. WHO support will include assistance to make the new treatments available and consideration of all possible avenues to make them affordable for all. WHO will also assess the quality of hepatitis laboratory tests and generic forms of hepatitis medicines.”

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Liver Disease: Today’s Complacency, Tomorrow’s Catastrophe – The All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group (APPHG) [UK] Inquiry into Improving Outcomes in Liver Disease – March 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014. Filed under: Hepatology |

Liver Disease: Today’s Complacency, Tomorrow’s Catastrophe – The All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group (APPHG) [UK] Inquiry into Improving Outcomes in Liver Disease – March 2014

“The APPHG Inquiry into Improving Outcomes from Liver Disease was chaired by David Amess MP, supported by Baroness Masham and the chief executives of two patient organisations, Charles Gore of The Hepatitis C Trust and Andrew Langford of the British Liver Trust. The analysis of the evidence and writing of the report was supported by Jane Cox of The Hepatitis C Trust.”

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