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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Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C – new website from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America – 29 January 2014

Posted on January 31, 2014. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C – new website from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America – 29 January 2014

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Hepatitis C: a projection of the healthcare and economic burden in the UK – RAND – January 2013

Posted on January 14, 2013. Filed under: Health Economics, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

Hepatitis C: a projection of the healthcare and economic burden in the UK – RAND – January 2013

“Work presented in this report sought to assess the healthcare and economic burden of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the United Kingdom. It used a cohort simulation model to estimate the prevalence of HCV infection in the UK, including the number of persons who live with HCV infection at different disease stages, and the number of deaths that can be attributed to HCV infection through to 2035. It further assessed the healthcare and societal costs that are associated with HCV infection under different scenarios of diagnosis and treatment rates.”

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