Hepatitis C has possibly been cured, but...
In April, 2012 a human study with a combination of Gillead Sciences' Sofosbuvir
, and Bristol-Myers' Daclatasvir led to a 100 percent cure rate for hepatitis-C, the world's leading cause of liver disease. Unfortunately, Gillead, which paid billions for Pharmasset
, the company that developed Sofosbuvir, refused to allow additional studies with Bristol-Myers
, choosing instead to try developing a proprietary cure, possibly using highly toxic Ribavirin
. They are also backing away from a similarly successful study completed this year
, previously approved by Pharmasset. Since Gilliad's delay of additional human studies, approximately 300,000 people worldwide have died
from liver disease related to Hepatitis-C and 40% of all available liver transplants have been diverted to a treatable disease, while up to 200 million additional infected people worldwide
-- many of whom do not know they are infected until the end stages of the disease
-- are still waiting for a cure. Meanwhile, Hepatitis-C activists are trying to petition the White House to find a way to resolve the impasse. [more inside]
posted by markkraft
on Mar 17, 2013 -
A New Way to Catch Hepatitis
"Israeli doctors have discovered a gruesome new way to catch hepatitis and possibly other blood-borne diseases
- from the flying bone fragments of suicide bombers." (empahasis added)
posted by Irontom
on Jul 25, 2002 -
wants to ban anyone with HIV or hepatitis from visiting or living on the island. I can't see how they can get away with this.
posted by spinifex
on Jan 17, 2002 -
"I wanted to be a mother who bakes.
But then I found out it's illegal." While I can understand being afraid of a Hepatitis or E. Coli outbreak, I can't help but think this is simply another example of a school district of applying really stupid rules to a situation.
posted by ookamaka
on Jan 1, 2001 -