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VA Extends New Hepatitis C Drugs to All Veterans in Its Health System

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Vietnam vets blame 'jet guns' for their hepatitis C
By Lily Leung Feb. 14, 2016 
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Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford
Dr. Raymond Schinazi played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA| By amynordrum

Hepatitis C drug costing VA, DoD millions
By Patricia Kime, Staff writer
We're looking at a company who is milking a cash cow for everything it's worth," Sanders said. 

VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic 12:27 a.m. EDT June 21, 2015

VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
, The Republic | 11:51 a.m. MST June 19, 2015
Dr. David Ross, the VA's director public-health pathogens programs, resigned from the working group. "I cannot in good conscience continue to work on a plan for rationing care to veterans," he wrote.

VA Region Stops Referring Patients To Outside Hospitals Thanks To Budget Shortfall
Michael Volpe Contributor ...According to a memo — the entire region has been forced to stop all “non-VA care” referrals due to a budget shortfall.
Sen. Mark Kirk admitted the VA Choice Program is a failed joke in a letter to Secretary Bob McDonald despite attempts to fix it.

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Detection and characterization of hepatitis C virus RNA in immune globulins.

Yu MY, Mason BL, Tankersley DL
Transfusion 1994 Jul 34:7 596-602

BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA was measured in immune globulins and its chemical and physical properties were characterized. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The study examined 69 immune globulin lots from 7 manufacturers, including 44 intravenous and 25 intramuscular immune globulin preparations. In addition, 8 experimental intravenous immune globulin preparations were investigated. Detection and quantitation of HCV RNA were achieved by reverse transcription and nested polymerase chain reaction at limiting dilution. A multi-antigen anti-HCV enzyme immunoassay was also used to test these immune globulins. 

RESULTS: The highest level of HCV RNA was found in an experimental immune globulin lot derived from a plasma pool made up of 186 anti-c100-3-reactive units. HCV RNA was detected only in 1 of 7 manufacturers' experimental intravenous immune globulin preparations derived from a pool made up of 2887 anti-c100-3-negative units. It was also detected in commercial intravenous immune globulin lots prepared by the same manufacturer from source plasma, but not from recovered plasma. More than half of the commercial intramuscular immune globulin lots, including specific immune globulin products, were HCV RNA positive. All immune globulin products examined were reactive for anti-HCV. Certain similarities were found for HCV RNA present in an immune globulin product and plasma. Ethanol at 20 or 25 percent had no effect upon the buoyant density of HCV RNA. CONCLUSION: Many immune globulin preparations contained HCV RNA, with levels depending upon both the type of starting plasma and the manufacturing process. Exposure to ethanol did not appear to affect the physical characteristics of HCV RNA.

Laboratory of Plasma Derivatives, Food and Drug Administration, Bethesda, Maryland.