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May 2014 VA Hep C Treatment Guidelines
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Funding and Prioritization Status Update

UPDATE: March 2016
VA Hep C Treatment Guidelines
VA to treat all vets in system
 

By Judith Graham
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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Dried Hepatitis C Blood Exposure 11/23/2013 Weeks later inconspicuous blood transmits virus and more likely to cause accidental exposures to Hep C
 

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"...accidental needlesticks among healthcare workers by 76%, the highest rate of any device studied. Accidental needlesticks number about one million per year in the United States and can result in the transmission of deadly diseases..."

Federal Safety Needle Legislation

VERNON, Conn.--(BW HealthWire)--May 20, 1999--The momentum toward mandating safe needles to protect health care workers continues to grow. Today in Washington, D.C., Representative Pete Stark (D-California) and Representative Marge Roukema (R-NJ) introduced a bill in Congress mandating the use safe needles for healthcare workers.

The proposed legislation mirrors the 1998 California law requiring that hospitals use needles designed with `engineered controls' to protect the workers from accidental needlesticks. ``Mandating the use of safe needles on a national level will have a tremendous impact in preventing accidental needlesticks,'' said Tom Sutton, Executive Vice President at Bio-Plexus, Inc. According to Congressman Stark's office, needlestick injuries caused by hollow-bore needles account for 86% of all reported occupational HIV exposures, and every year more than 200 health care workers die of occupationally acquired hepatitis.

``If safety needles are nationally mandated, as it appears they may be, conventional, `unsafe' needles will become obsolete,'' Sutton concluded. In addition to being endorsed by Bio-Plexus, the act is also supported by organizations including: the American Nurses Association, Kaiser Permanente, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of Teachers, and Becton Dickinson, a major medical device manufacturer.

On the state level, legislation mandating the use of safety needles has passed in California and Tennessee. In April, Maryland passed a bill requiring the state to develop recommendations to protect health care workers. Legislation is pending in Texas, New Jersey, Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York.

Bio-Plexus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BPLX - news), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and holds U.S. and international patents on safety medical needles and other products under the PUNCTUR-GUARD® and DROP-IT® brand names. In a Centers for Disease Control study, Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needles were found to reduce the rate of accidental needlesticks among healthcare workers by 76%, the highest rate of any device studied. Accidental needlesticks number about one million per year in the United States and can result in the transmission of deadly diseases including HIV and Hepatitis.