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FDA Approves Viekira Pak to Treat Hep C

December 19, 2014 | Comments Off

A new hepatitis C medication, Viekira Pak, was approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). AbbVie, who markets the drug, has not immediately released the price of the new all-oral Hep C medication which will now rival Harvoni and Sovaldi from Gilead Sciences. Harvoni and Sovaldi have generated controversy over their high-price tags and […]

Update 12/15/14: The meeting summary is now available. Outcome of the HARVONI clinical criteria review at the New York State Drug Utilization Review Board (DURB) meeting on November 20th, 2014. The NYS DURB has decided that the newly approved HCV medication Harvoni will use the same Medicaid clinical criteria approved for Solvadi in October, 2014. The criteria includes prioritization […]

Olysio has been approved by the FDA, in combination with Sovaldi, for the treatment of Hepatitis C. It is substantially more expensive than Harvoni; although it depends on treatment time, a 12-week Harvoni treatment costs $94,500, compared to the Olysio-Sovaldi 12-week tag of $150,360. Olysio in combination with Sovaldi is the second Hepatitis C combination treatment regimen […]

AASLD Poster | Check Hep C: A Community Based Approach to HCV Diagnosis in High Risk Populations Check Hep C was implemented in 2012-2013 by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as a year-long demonstration project designed to increase screening, diagnosis, and linkage to care for persons chronically infected with […]

 Characteristics and TB treatment outcomes in TB patients with viral hepatitis, New York City, 2000-2010. Epidemiol Infect. 2014 Nov. Bushnell G, Stennis NL, Drobnik AM, Proops DC, Ahuja SD, Bornschlegel K, Fuld J. Abstract SUMMARY Literature surrounding the burden of and factors associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in […]

An evaluation of duplicate Hep C antibody testing conducted by NYC Department of Health staff has been published in the latest issue of Public Health Reports, Volume 129, Number 6, November/December 2014. ABSTRACT Repeating a hepatitis C virus antibody test for a person who previously tested positive provides no new information, wastes resources, and may reflect poor […]

Update 12/15/14: Click here for results of the 11/20/14 NYS DURB meeting. The next NYSDOH Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board meeting is scheduled for November 20, 2014 in Albany. View info on the meeting on the NYS DOH website. A link to the full meeting agenda can be found here. Harvoni will be presented at this meeting. Public […]

LIVER CANCER CAMPAIGN comes to New York City!The American Liver Foundation (ALF) has announced a special educational campaign commemorating October as Liver Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Bayer and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, the campaign features vibrant, eye catching ads on New York City taxis, subways and buses! The ads urge people at risk for liver cancer to […]

Overview: CMS has finalized its decision to reimburse for HCV screening in primary care settings, for individuals who are Medicare eligible and either “high risk” or born between 1945-1965. “High risk” is defined as persons with a current or past history of illicit injection drug use; and persons who have a history of receiving a blood transfusion […]

Today, the FDA approved Harvoni, a fixed-dose combination pill of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir produced by Gilead Sciences, Inc. The following information was released by the FDA along with the approval. The complete product label will be available soon at DailyMed or at Drugs@FDA. Also see: FDA Press Release on the approval, and Harvoni Patient Information     On October […]

2014 NYC Hep C Research Consortium: Report

October 2, 2014 | Comments Off

The 2014 NYC HCV Research Consortium was held at The Rockefeller University on September 29, 2014. The consortium brought together providers, researchers, and community advocates to discuss the current state of hepatitis C research and practice in New York City and determine future priorities. Please review materials and presentations from the consortium below. We will […]

White House Initiative | Data.gov/AAPI Launch

September 26, 2014 | Comments Off

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Data.gov are launching a new federal website that aims to consolidate data on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community: Data.gov/AAPI.

Global Access to Gilead Hep B Meds

August 19, 2014 | Comments Off

List of countries where individuals can access Gilead medication for HBV; this is in response for those who are on medication and traveling abroad for 3 months or longer.​ ———————————- ASIA Approved: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel,  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor, UAE, […]

See original post here. Presidential Proclamation — World Hepatitis Day, 2014 WORLD HEPATITIS DAY, 2014 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Around the world, one in twelve people are living with viral hepatitis. In the United States, millions of Americans are infected with […]

New! NYC Department of Health City Health Information (CHI) on Hep C 2014   The Diagnosing and Managing Hepatitis C CHI provides a thorough summary of risk assessment, testing recommendations, laboratory tests, and managing current HCV infection. There is specific information on how providers should speak to patients currently infected with HCV, as well as tables detailing common HCV […]

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is currently completing the first segment of a project that aims to gather support for the hepatitis B birth dose in New York City. The overall project will encourage hospitals and birthing centers to adopt a universal hepatitis B birth dose policy, as well as guide […]

Summary: The NYC Department of Health has announced the receipt of a new grant from the Federal government to improve treatment for hepatitis C. The grant will allow the Health Department, in conjunction with the Fund for Public Health in New York, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, VNSNY Choice […]

Film | Bronx Premiere of “The Fix”

July 23, 2014 | Comments Off

  The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Division of Substance of Abuse invites you to the Bronx Premiere of “The Fix”! Friday, September 5th   THE FIX – THE HEALING IS MUTUAL By Laura Naylor Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2014 SOHO International Film Festival, The FIX follows the story […]

NYC Hepatitis B Awareness Week Press Release   The Council of the City of New York Office of Communications City Hall New York, NY 10007 July 21, 2014 Contact: Sam Spokony [Chin]: 212-788-7259, sspokony@council.nyc.gov Jefferey LeFrancois [Johnson]: 212-564-7757, jlefrancois@council.nyc.gov Jonathan Chung [Koo]: 718-888-8747, jchung@council.nyc.gov COUNCIL MEMBERS CHIN, JOHNSON AND KOO JOIN HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND ADVOCATES […]

NYS Hep C Testing Bill (A9124A): In Assembly

July 23, 2014 | Comments Off

Bill A9124A will enable New York State nurse practitioners and physicians to administer tests to determine the presence of hepatitis C in patients without a patient-specific standing order. Background: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates that 146,500 individuals are living with chronic hepatitis C in NYC, and approximately half are unaware […]

#BAwareNYC – Hepatitis B Awareness Week

July 16, 2014 | Comments Off

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We are excited to be sponsoring the first ever NYC Hepatitis B Awareness Week from July 21st to the 27th, culminating on the 28th with World Hepatitis Day. Get involved by attending events throughout the week! Awareness and advocacy are especially important now, because the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013 (HR 3723) is sitting in the Energy […]

CDC National Prevention Information Network is hosting a Twitter chat on July 17 in preparation for National African American Hepatitis C Action Day. Please see the invitation below for details.   Please join CDC National Prevention Information Network for an upcoming Twitter chat on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 2PM – 3PM ET. We will […]

Newly released: NYC Dept of Health Commissioner Hep C Dear Colleague Letter NYC DOHMH COH Hep C Dear Colleague Letter 2014 (pdf)   June 2014 Dear Colleague: We are at a turning point in the fight against hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.  Across the nation, HCV now causes more deaths annually than HIV and remains a leading […]

Thank you to those who have already submitted abstracts to the 2014 NYC HCV Research Consortium. Fortunately, the abstract submission window will remain open for a few more days. The updated abstract submission deadline is August 4 at 12:00 PM. Abstracts should be submitted according to the consortium guidelines for abstract submission to hsabbagh@health.nyc.gov.   Please mark your calendars […]

  SIGN UP HERE (Volunteers get a free World Hepatitis Day t-shirt!) CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!VOLUNTEER FOR WORLD HEPATITIS DAY- Monday, July 28th Join Team HBV on July 28 as we raise awareness on World Hepatitis Day! The day will be split into a two-part event:   Part A (10AM-11AM): 5 Borough Viral Hepatitis Awareness Event Locations:  Brooklyn: […]

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