May 1, 2013
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Greetings:

May is Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19 is the second Viral Hepatitis Testing Day.  For more information go to www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/TestingDay/index.htm and  www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HEPAwarenessMonth.htm

Listed below are the latest postings to our Website.

Peace,

Alan

HCV Advocate Newsletter: May, 2013

In This Issue:


3. EASL 2013 —The EASL conference just ended. Check out our blog for information about the latest news that was released at EASL—especially all the news about the new drugs being tested to treat hepatitis C

 

2. HBV Journal Review by Christine Kukka —In this month's column Chris reviews the following studies. Hepatitis B is a complicated disease to understand and manage. Christine's monthly review provides much needed information to stay up to date and live healthy with hepatitis B:

  • Antiviral Combination Used for HIV Appears Effective In "Immune Tolerant" Patients

  • Despite Universal Care, Hepatitis B Care Is Inconsistent Across Canada

  • Home Visits Key to Promoting Hepatitis B Screening Among Ethnic Groups

  • Fibroscan Imaging Plus Blood Tests Could Replace Liver Biopsies

  • Reports Mixed as to Whether Entecavir Lowers Cancer Risk in CirrhoticPatients?

  • Alcoholism and Smoking Increase Liver Cancer Risk in Younger Patients

  • Inactive Infection and Older Age Increase HBsAg Clearance, as Do Unknown "Host" Factors

  • Dairy-Rich Diets Linked to Increase in Liver Cancer

 

3. Factsheets & Guides: New & Updated!

Be sure to check out our recently updated fact sheets and guides:

 

4. Clinical Trials Postings: Updated—April 24!
Be sure to check out the latest clinical trial postings at the HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog. Just click on the links to the Drug Companies at the top and to see which drugs are in trials right now, where the trials are, and how to register for one.

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Don’t forget that there is help as close as a phone call – the 877-HELP-4-HEP line (877-435-7443) is available 9:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time.  For more information about the services they offer either call or visit their Website at www.help4hep.org  The helpline is run by The Support Partnership:  a group of non-profits working together to help people affected by hepatitis C. 

 

5. Top News (Blog) from the HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog includes: 

Top News

Genetic fossils betray hepatitis B's ancient roots
April 30

Hep C quad regimens quashed, but some components go forward
April 29

Successful Hep-C Combo May Elude Patients as Gilead Goes Solo
April 29

Daclatasvir + sofosbuvir offers hepatitis C rescue therapy after current standard of care
April 29

BioLineRx Enrolls First Patient in Phase I/II Clinical Trial for BL-8020, an Oral, Interferon-Free Treatment for Hepatitis C
April 29

Attention Baby Boomers: Get Screened for Hepatitis C
April 27

EASL 2013 Idenix Reports Favorable Resistance Profile for IDX719, a Potent, Pan-Genotypic HCV NS5A Inhibitor, at EASL Meeting
April 27

Hepatitis C: Closing in on its viral origins
April 27

Anemia Top Side Effect of HCV Antivirals
April 27

EASL 2013 SCYNEXIS Presents SCY-635 Data on HCV at International Liver Congress
April 27

Hemophilia Ontario wants paid plasma clinics delayed
April 26

EASL 2013 Vertex Announces New Data that Showed High Viral Cure Rates with a Total of 12 and 24 Weeks of Telaprevir Combination Treatment Among People with Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Who Have the IL28B CC Genotype
April 24

Research finds targeted screening for hepatitis C is cost-effective
April 24

Hepatitis C found among Irish people who travelled overseas for dental treatment
April 24

EASL 2013 Merck to Present Updated Interim Data from Phase II Trial Evaluating Investigational NS3/4A Protease Inhibitor MK-5172 for Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1 Infection at the International Liver Congress™
April 24

EASL 2013 ALS-2200 (VX-135) Viral Kinetic Study Shows Significant Reduction in HCV RNA in People with Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Cirrhosis, and in People with Genotypes 2, 3 or 4 HCV Infection
April 24

Hepatitis c-like viruses identified in bats and rodents
April 24

EASL 2013 Data from Phase 3 Studies of Gilead's Sofosbuvir for Hepatitis C
April 23

EASL 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim announces results from one of its HCV Phase III trials:Investigational compound faldaprevir+ shows high viral cure and early treatment success in treatment-naïve patients with genotype-1 hepatitis C
April 23

EASL 2013 Achillion Announces Updated Phase 2 Results Including Early Sustained Virologic Response on ACH-3102 Plus Ribavirin in Genotype 1b Treatment-Naive Hepatitis C Patients
April 23

Hepatitis C drug nears approval
April 23

EASL 2013 New Data from AbbVie's Phase IIb Aviator Trial Demonstrate High Sustained Viral Response Rates Across Multiple Patient Types with HCV Genotype 1
April 23

EASL 2013 Bristol-Myers oral hepatitis C regimen looks competitive: study
April 23

Merck Enters Agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb to Conduct a Phase II Clinical Trial Evaluating Combination of Investigational Oral Candidates MK-5172 and Daclatasvir for Chronic Hepatitis C
April 22

 

 

 

 

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Sincerely,

Alan

Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate www.hcvadvocate.org
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