Navigation Links
NVHR Responds to New York Times Article on Hepatitis C Testing
Date:7/22/2010

WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to today's New York Times article, "Hope against Hepatitis C," Andrew Muir, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Gastroenterology/Hepatology Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute and Steering Committee Member of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) released the following statement:

"Today's New York Times article details potential promising new drug therapies that could significantly improve the way we treat individuals infected with hepatitis C.  Regrettably, the article suggests that expanded screening for hepatitis C may not be warranted.  This approach is wrong and contrary to the direction in which we should and must move our health care system, particularly through improved access to care under health care reform.  More than 5 million Americans are estimated to be infected with viral hepatitis B or C – and most are unaware they are infected as there are often few symptoms.  Our health care system misses most infected individuals, who only learn that they have hepatitis C once they have progressed to liver cancer, cirrhosis, or liver failure.  At that juncture, treatment options are limited and success rates are lower.

"Precisely because we do not know which individuals with hepatitis C will advance to these terrible diseases, it is critical that our public health infrastructure be modernized to achieve early detection of new infections and also to screen for individuals within specific risk groups, such as baby boomers and disproportionately affected populations.  Once individuals are aware of their status, they will be empowered with this information, not only to make treatment choices, but also lifestyle choices to decrease their likelihood of disease progression and not to spread this infectious disease to others.  In our current health care system, there are far too few options for diagnosis, care, and treatment.  Unless or until the health care system provides access to all persons in need of hepatitis C treatment, it is important for the pharmaceutical industry to provide comprehensive compassionate care programs for those who are un/under insured.

"We can't prevent or treat what we don't know, which is why screening is critical.  Access to screening would capture more infected individuals who can respond favorably to early intervention, reduce transmission, avoid needless medical expenses, and ultimately save thousands of lives annually."

NVHR is a coalition of more than 150 public, private, and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity, and mortality from chronic viral hepatitis that afflicts more than 5 million Americans. www.nvhr.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Takeda Responds to FDA Advisory Committee Recommendation
2. Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Responds to News of Further Review of Pirfenidone By FDA
3. New Science Education Program Responds to Presidents Call to Help Young People Excel in Science
4. GlaxoSmithKline Responds to US Senate Committee on Finance Report on Avandia
5. U.S. Kidney Dialysis Community Responds to Haitis Emergency Plea for Life-Saving Dialysis Care
6. Fenwal Responds to New Lawsuit From Haemonetics; Reiterates Commitment to Blood Centers
7. Philips Responds to Industry Concerns With Focus on Radiation Dose Management Products Designed for Clinicians and Patients
8. Endologix Responds to Alleged Patent Infringement
9. EPSScentral Responds to Pandemic Alert
10. AstraZeneca Responds to FDA Joint Advisory Committees Recommendation on SYMBICORT(R)
11. GSK Believes There Is No Liver Safety Issue With AVANDIA; Responds to Public Citizen Petition
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- MedSource announced today that it has selected Datatrial,s ... choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment to ... by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture (EDC) ... the EDC platform of choice in exchange for ... long been a preferred EDC platform by our ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Any dentist who has made an implant supported denture ... of them do not even offer this as a viable ... costs involved. And those who ARE able to offer that ... cost that the majority of today,s patients would not be ... , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor of Implanova ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  In a startling report released today, ... residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid ... ranking of how states are tackling the worst drug crisis in ... states – Kentucky , New Mexico ... . Of the 28 failing states, three – ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/27/2016)... Lafayette, California (PRWEB) , ... ... ... a pioneer in the patient payment industry today announced its strategic partnership ... and health system workflows. , The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film ... Pro X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awareness about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... for individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):