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Arrowhead initiates phase 2b trial for potential HBV drug

After receiving a clinical hold from the FDA earlier this year, Arrowhead Research Corporation has now been approved by the FDA to begin a multiple-dose phase 2b clinical study of ARC-520 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection, according to a news release from the drug maker.

Published
14 April 2015
From
Healio Hepatology
Oral hepatitis B vaccine could become a reality

In a new study, researchers report progress toward perfecting a radical new method of producing vaccines using genetically modified corn. The approach could lead to an oral hepatitis B vaccine that requires no refrigeration and costs less than $1 per dose to manufacture.

Published
01 April 2015
From
Medical Xpress
WHO issues its first hepatitis B treatment guidelines

WHO today issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver and resulting in an estimated 650 000 deaths each year – most of them in low- and middle-income countries.

Published
12 March 2015
From
World Health Organization
Hepatitis Quest Moves From C to B Under Former Gilead Executives

Gilead Sciences Inc. raked in $10 billion last year with its Sovaldi pill for hepatitis C. Many of the people responsible for the drug are now competing to repeat that success for a more common liver disease: hepatitis B.

Published
05 February 2015
From
Bloomberg
New open-access journal in the rapidly developing field of virus eradication

The Journal of Virus Eradication is a new open-access online and print journal dedicated to the rapidly developing field of virus eradication. It is particularly interested in publishing original research on HIV, hepatitis viruses, HPV, herpes and flu but work on other viruses is also included. The first issue was successfully launched at the HIV and Hepatitis Five Nations Conference in London on 8 December 2014 and is available now on the Journal website: www.viruseradication.com

Published
23 December 2014
From
Mediscript
One out of 10 Asian Americans has hepatitis B

There is a virus that is 100 times more easily transmitted than the dreaded acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus, and it is called Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). HBV is a virus that can cause Chronic Hepatitis B, a life threatening liver disease. According to United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 25 percent of people with chronic hepatitis B develop serious liver problems such as liver failure, liver cancer and cirrhosis (severe liver scarring), if left untreated.One in 10 Asian Americans has HBV- a rate over 20 times higher than that of the overall U.S. population - two in three of whom are not aware of it.

Published
27 August 2014
From
Philippine Star
Hepatitis Warrior Hiking in China Shows Glaxo Hurdles

Lei Chuang trekked almost 1,000 miles over 80 days from Shanghai to Beijing last summer, along riverbanks and highways, to deliver a petition beseeching China’s leaders to cut the prices of hepatitis B drugs. “If drug companies can afford such huge sums for bribing doctors and hospitals, then they should still be profitable if prices are lowered by 50 percent,” said Guangzhou-based Lei, nicknamed the “Hepatitis B Warrior” by Chinese media. “They could use that money to benefit patients instead.”

Published
30 May 2014
From
Bloomberg
Hepatitis B a growing problem in UK prisons

In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Health Minister Norman Lamb said the number of prisoners diagnosed with chronic forms of the virus has risen from just 22 in 2010 to 109 in 2013.

Published
01 May 2014
From
The Independent
Anti-HBV antiretrovirals may help ward off HBV infection in MSM

Three antiretrovirals that also help control hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection—tenofovir, emtricitabine, and lamivudine—may also prevent HBV infection, according to results of a retrospective analysis involving men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Netherlands.

Published
24 April 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Booster Shots Needed for People with HIV?

Previous research indicates people with HIV have a reduced immune response to most vaccines, but how does immune response hold up over time—and what are the implications for re-vaccinating with “booster shots”?

Published
26 January 2014
From
BETA blog

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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