It is not about promoting drugs, it’s about encouraging safer drug use
“Since 2016, fentanyl overdoses have been on the rise and today fentanyl is the number one cause of drug overdoses and deaths. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2020, there were approximately 92,000 fentanyl-poisoning related deaths across the world, a devastating number that is only continuing to rise year by year.”

ReLink programs led to treatment, engagement in nearly 20% of patients with untreated HCV
“WASHINGTON — Implementation of care re-engagement programs led to the treatment of more than 700 patients with untreated hepatitis C virus infection who had been lost to follow-up, according to research presented at The Liver Meeting.”

‘We need your help’: AASLD support, outreach key to success of HCV elimination program
“WASHINGTON — An expert panel of physicians, researchers and scientific advisers called upon The Liver Meeting attendees to support a proposed national HCV elimination program in the US. “We don’t get to use the word ‘eliminate’ all that often with a disease that is taking thousands or tens of thousands or, worldwide, hundreds of thousands of lives every year,” Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, former director of NIH and acting science adviser for President Joe Biden, said. “But we have that opportunity with hepatitis C.””

White House seeks $48B for Ukraine, Covid-19 needs
“The White House is urging congressional leaders to provide nearly $48 billion in emergency cash this fall for Ukraine and to battle Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. The Biden administration sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday outlining nearly a $38 billion request to help Ukraine continue fending off Russian attacks. The administration is also asking for $10 billion in emergency health funding, with more than $9 billion going toward Covid vaccine access, next-generation Covid vaccines, long Covid research and more. About $750 million would be spent on efforts to control the spread of monkeypox, hepatitis C and HIV.”

HCV-Positive and HCV-Negative Kidney Transplants Have Similar Outcomes
“Study findings suggest HCV-RNA-positive kidneys are not inferior in the direct-acting antiviral era.”

Sustained Virologic Response Possible for HCV Drug Users With Patient-Centered Programs
“Implementing patient-centered programs for people who inject drugs (PWID) who are diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV) could help bring up the rates of sustained virologic response (SVR).”

Australia falling behind in goal to eliminate hepatitis C, new report shows
“New models of care and more investment are urgently needed to reach people at risk or living with hepatitis C, and engage people lost to care, otherwise Australia risks falling short of its goal to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030.”