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

 
Orange Count Registry
Vietnam vets blame 'jet guns' for their hepatitis C
By Lily Leung Feb. 14, 2016 
 
CBS News Investigates
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
 
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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 | azcentral.com 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.
 

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OIG INVESTIGATES VA CHOICE PROGRAM PROBLEMS
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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1994 May 7;343(8906):1134-5.

Sudden hearing loss associated with interferon.

Source

Department of Otolaryngology, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Japan.

Abstract
With the increasing long-term use of interferon, several new adverse effects have been recognised. We have prospectively assessed auditory function in 49 patients receiving interferon, after we saw a case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss during interferon therapy. Auditory disability (tinnitus, hearing loss, or both) occurred in 22 patients (45%) during treatment with audiometry-documented sensorineural hearing loss in 18 (37%). The auditory disability often developed in the late stage of treatment and resolved in all patients within 7-14 days after discontinuation of interferon.
PMID:
7910234
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8561688
2007 Oct 28;13(40):5411-2.

Sudden hearing loss associated with peginterferon and ribavirin combination therapy during hepatitis C treatment.

Source

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Habib Thameur Hospital, Tunis, Tunisia. hela.elloumi@laposte.net

Abstract
Adverse effects associated with peginterferon and ribavirin during hepatitis C treatment are well known. Sudden hearing loss has rarely been reported. Possible mechanisms involved include direct ototoxicity of interferon, autoimmunity, and hematological changes. Hearing loss is frequently fully resolved after discontinuation of antiviral therapy. We report a 47-year-old man with chronic hepatitis C, genotype 2 ac who developed sudden hearing loss 22 wk after starting therapy with peginterferon alpha 2a at a dose of 180 microg/wk and ribavirin 800 mg per day. Since symptoms did not worsen, antiviral therapy was continued for 2 wk, according to the patient's wish. Hearing loss resolved within 2 wk after the end of treatment. Serum liver alanine aminotransferase remained normal during and after the end of antiviral therapy. HCV RNA was undetectable at the end of therapy and remained negative 24 wk later. Thus, patients should be aware that hearing loss may occur with peginterferon therapy, but the decision whether to continue or to stop the treatment is based on the clinical judgment of the physician and the wishes of the patient.
PMID:
17879419
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full texthttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17879419

 

World J Gastroenterol. 2007 Oct 28;13(40):5411-2.

Sudden hearing loss associated with peginterferon and ribavirin combination therapy during hepatitis C treatment.

Elloumi H, Houissa F, Hadj NB, Gargouri D, Romani M, Kharrat J, Ghorbel A.


Source

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Habib Thameur Hospital, Tunis, Tunisia. hela.elloumi@laposte.net

Abstract
Adverse effects associated with peginterferon and ribavirin during hepatitis C treatment are well known. Sudden hearing loss has rarely been reported. Possible mechanisms involved include direct ototoxicity of interferon, autoimmunity, and hematological changes. Hearing loss is frequently fully resolved after discontinuation of antiviral therapy. We report a 47-year-old man with chronic hepatitis C, genotype 2 ac who developed sudden hearing loss 22 wk after starting therapy with peginterferon alpha 2a at a dose of 180 microg/wk and ribavirin 800 mg per day. Since symptoms did not worsen, antiviral therapy was continued for 2 wk, according to the patient's wish. Hearing loss resolved within 2 wk after the end of treatment. Serum liver alanine aminotransferase remained normal during and after the end of antiviral therapy. HCV RNA was undetectable at the end of therapy and remained negative 24 wk later. Thus, patients should be aware that hearing loss may occur with peginterferon therapy, but the decision whether to continue or to stop the treatment is based on the clinical judgment of the physician and the wishes of the patient.


PMID: 17879419 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free full text
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19783887

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17680465