Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hepatitis C Update: What's Happened In 2013 and Taking Medications as Directed

December Newsletter Update

Christmas is just around the corner, have you finished your shopping yet?

While shopping feverishly for a fairy doll that flies, have you heard of it? Anyhoo, I ran into Santa, he asked me to update this months index of HCV newsletters - of course I said yes!

The American Liver Foundation just published their December Newsletter with a focus on hepatitis C. One featured topic is the importance of taking prescription medications as directed, also included is information on both newly approved HCV drugs, Sovaldi and Olysio.

Over at  Hepatitis C News, a video looking back at what's happened in 2013 is now available for your viewing pleasure.

At my house, a new fairy doll is wrapped and under the tree for the little people in my life.

Merry Christmas!

*All December newsletters, information on future and current direct-acting antivirals including a quick summary of Gilead's clinical trial data can found here.


American Liver Foundation

Living With Hepatitis C: Importance of Taking Medications as Directed
Prescription drugs can provide important benefits to individuals living with hepatitis C, but taking these medications as prescribed can be difficult. Some individuals struggle with drug side effects and costs while others may forget to take medication on time or order refills. Fortunately there are steps that can help address these challenges and better manage this condition through medication.


American Liver Foundation Hails Promise of Cure Signaled by Approval of New Hepatitis C Treatments
The FDA has approved two new treatments for hepatitis C: Sovaldi, to be used in combination with other anti‐virals; and Olysio, the first once-daily protease inhibitor. Welcoming the approval of these breakthrough drugs, American Liver Foundation National Board Chair Tom Nealon said: "This is the beginning of a new, gentler, era in the treatment of hepatitis.”


The Year in Pictures
Here’s a sampling of pictures to illustrate how we promoted the need for liver disease awareness during 2013. One of the highlights: A photo showing members of our Run for Research Team symbolically completing the Boston Marathon nearly three weeks after the event was the site of a shocking bombing. Their message: “We are Boston Strong!”

For the festive season, when you get a moment to relax, find out how much you know about the liver. This multiple choice quiz poses intriguing questions such as: Where did the first successful liver transplant take place? And why would we ask a question where the answer could be Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, John Lennon or Frank Sinatra?

Looking to cook up something healthy and out of the ordinary for the holidays? The American Liver Foundation has the answer! Two celebrated chefs, who are involved with our annual Flavors events, suggest these mouthwatering recipes: Chestnut Stuffing (Chef Beau MacMillan) and Soup of Red Bell Pepper (Chef Christopher Gross). Happy cooking…and eating!

Hepatitis C News
Visit, an online community for those living with hepatitis C
The December edition of Hepatitis C News, where we take at look at what's happened in 2013

See You Soon

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