FDA Issues a MedWatch Safety Alert Regarding Certain Hepatitis C Medications

The following is an excerpt from a FDA MedWatch Safety Alert. Read the full safety announcement here.FDA has received reports that the use of Mavyret, Zepatier, or Vosevi to treat chronic Hepatitis C in patients with moderate to severe liver impairment has resulted in rare cases of worsening liver function or liver failure.FDA identified 63 […]

FDA Issues Warning New Hepatitis C Drugs Could Reactivate Hepatitis B Virus

The following is excerpted from an FDA news release. To read the release in its entirety, click here.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning about the risk that some of the new direct-acting antiviral medicines for hepatitis C (HCV) can reactivate the hepatitis B virus (HBV) among patients who have had HBV. “In a few […]

Hepatitis: Not Just For Men

I have severe factor 1 deficiency (afibrinogenemia) and have been Hepatitis C (HCV) positive since 1998. My source of infection was one of my many cryoprecipitate infusions (cryo being the only available treatment for anyone with factor 1 deficiency until 2009, and for me until November 2014). What makes me different than most people with […]

FDA Approves Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Genotypes 1 and 4

Note: The following is an edited form of a press release from the Food and Drug Administration. The original form of the release can be read here. On Thursday, January 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir) with or without ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) […]

FDA Clears Two New Oral Drugs for Hepatitis C

Note: This article originally appeared on Medscape. To read the FDA release on Daklinza (genotype 3), click here. For the FDA release regarding Technivie (genotype 4), click here. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new drugs today for hepatitis C (HCV), one for genotype 3 and the other for genotype 4.The first medication is a […]

FDA approves Viekira Pak to treat Hepatitis C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir tablets co-packaged with dasabuvir tablets) to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection, including those with a type of advanced liver disease called cirrhosis.Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver that can […]

FDA Approves First Combination Pill to Treat Hepatitis C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection.Harvoni is the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. It is also the first approved regimen that does not require administration with interferon or ribavirin, two FDA-approved drugs also […]

Recognizing National Hepatitis Awareness Month

In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention designated the month of May as Hepatitis Awareness Month to bring awareness and attention to those living with viral hepatitis.In the 1980s and 1990s thousands of people with hemophilia contracted HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) from the contaminated blood supply transmitted by clotting factor products. […]

Hemophilia Patients Urge NIH & IRB To Stop Ineffective Hepatitis C Trial

Below is a letter from People with Bleeding Disorders and HCV to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) office recommending to end recruitment of a clinical study (pINF+RIBA+Telaprevir).  People with Bleeding Disorders feel that this study is out-dated and mediocre therapy for Hepatitis C (HCV). To: Institutional Review Board, University of […]

Hepatitis C: Our History and Advances on the Horizon

Recognizing National Hepatitis Awareness MonthThe month of May is recognized to bring awareness around those living with viral hepatitis. The awareness effort encourages people to get tested for hepatitis and to evaluate treatment options. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 3.2 million people in the U.S. with chronic Hepatitis […]

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