PBAC recommendations pave way for watershed year in hepatitis C fight
Recommendations to include three ground breaking curative antiviral therapies on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is a watershed moment which will fundamentally change the way hepatitis C is treated in Australia.
Hepatitis Australia CEO, Helen Tyrrell welcomed the positive PBAC recommendations for sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (known as Harvoni overseas), and daclatasvir/ sofosbuvir (Daklinza/Sovaldi). Ms Tyrrell urged the Federal Government “to accept the experts’ advice and ensure a PBS listing is not delayed”.
Importation and appropriate use of medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C
Hepatitis Australia has been made aware that some people living with hepatitis C are seeking to import medicines not yet available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia to treat their hepatitis C infection.
Hepatitis Australia understands the frustrations caused by the current lack of availability of new hepatitis C treatment drugs in Australia and we are working hard to address it.
Anyone considering buying new hepatitis C treatment drugs from overseas should read this alert in full.
Possible cure for hepatitis B that is 100% successful being tested by Australian scientists
A potential cure for hepatitis B has been discovered by scientists in Australia, with the treatment proving to be 100% successful at eliminating the virus. Researchers used a combination of antiviral and anti-cancer drugs to destroy the hepatitis B virus (HBV), a currently incurable virus which is carried in the blood and causes inflammation of the liver.
Prison-based needle & syringe program doomed without government leadership.
1 April 2015 - The ACT Government is being urged to show political leadership and retain control over the introduction of a needle syringe program (NSP) at the Alexander Maconochie Centre – ACT Prison as a means to prevent the spread of blood borne viruses.
Hepatitis Australia and Hepatitis ACT are urging Corrections Minister Shane Rattenbury not to allow the Community and Public Sector Union the right to veto the introduction of the planned needle syringe program, saying this would “spell the death knell for good public health policy”.
Read the full news article. | View our media release | Read the Consensus Statement on Hepatitis C in Prisons
What's happening at the Hepatitis C Inquiry?
To support the community in keeping up to date with developments from the Parliamentary Inquiry into hepatitis C in Australia, Hepatitis Australia has set up an updates page on this site. You can find this information on our Hep C Inquiry page.
Hepatitis A - Quick Facts
- Hepatitis A is an acute (short-term) infection of the liver that can be serious and require medical attention.
- Hepatitis A is diagnosed by a simple blood test.
- Hepatitis A is not common in Australia (170 people diagnoses in 2013)
- Hepatitis A is preventable with good personal hygiene.
- There is a vaccine for hepatitis A, usually recommended for people travelling to high prevalence countries.
- For more information visit our Hepatitis A page.
Hepatitis Australia would like to thank the many people who have lodged submissions to the PBAC regarding access to new hepatitis C drugs.
Hepatitis Australia understands there have been many submissions from the community and organisations. Your contributions are valuable and we hope lead to a good outcome from the PBAC meeting in March. We will keep you posted of any further developments.
Federal Health Committee announces inquiry into hepatitis C: Health Committee inquiry marks 2015 as year to turn tide on hepatitis C epidemic
A House of Representatives Health Committee inquiry into hepatitis C should be a catalyst that turns the tide on the rising death toll from hepatitis C-related liver disease. Hepatitis Australia today welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that affects more than 230,000 Australians and will claim more than 650 lives this year alone.
“Many Parliamentarians are acutely aware of the looming tidal-wave of serious liver disease and preventable deaths caused by a lack of regular liver health checks and appallingly low hepatitis C treatment rates. Today’s announcement shows real leadership by the House of Representatives Health Committee to tackle the problem head-on,” said CEO of Hepatitis Australia, Helen Tyrrell. Read more ...
Update: The Auckland Statement on viral hepatitis - Australian Progress Report 2014
The Auckland Statement was launched at the 8th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, in September 2012, and was endorsed by all the leading Australian and New Zealand hepatitis organisations as a blueprint for urgent action on on viral hepatitis. Targets were set for achievement by 2016, and this progress report is provided at the half-way point. This report revisits the targets set in the Auckland Statement and reviews them from the perspective of the Australian response. Download now. (PDF 394.15kb)
Latest Data on Viral Hepatitis Released.
On 18 September The Kirby Institute released the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections in Australia: Annual Surveillance Report 2014. The report presents a variety of data which is intended to inform Australia's response to blood borne viruses and STIs. In a presentation at the 9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Hepatitis Australia delivered a presentation which compared the Australian responses to viral hepatitis and HIV. When looking at the data, it is clear Australia needs to elevate it's response to viral hepatitis to emulate the highly effective response to HIV. A copy of the presentation report will be available on this site shortly. You can download a copy of the Annual Surveillance Report here
You can also donate directly to Hepatitis Australia. Please contribute to our aim of a world without viral hepatitis by making a tax deductible donation. Find out more
Hepatitis Australia is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that became incorporated in 1997. We do not provide services to individuals. To locate hepatitis services in your area visit the services page or call the Info line on 1300 437 222. Our members consist of the state and territory hepatitis organisations and other key services providing hepatitis services.
Page Updated: 28 April 2015