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INHSU 2015 Highlights Hepatitis C Prevention and Treatment for People Who Inject Drugs

An international group of researchers, healthcare providers, advocates, people who use drugs, and people living with hepatitis C are gathering this week in Sydney for the 4th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users, focusing on hepatitis C prevention, care, and treatment for injection drug users. The full program, with links to many of the presentations, is available online. Follow conference news on Twitter #INHSU2015.

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People Who Inject Drugs Should Have Access to Hepatitis C Treatment, Expert Panel Recommends

New recommendations on hepatitis C treatment and care encourage physicians to offer treatment to all people who inject drugs who are diagnosed with HCV infection, and to offer a comprehensive package of social support and harm reduction to enable people to adhere to treatment. The recommendations are published this month in the International Journal of Drug Policy, coinciding with the 4th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users taking place this week Sydney, which focuses on the management of hepatitis among drug users.

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People on Opiate Substitution Therapy Respond Well to AbbVie Hepatitis C Treatment

Nearly all genotype 1 hepatitis C patients with a history of injection drug use who were on stable opiate substitution therapy with methadone or buprenorphine were cured using AbbVie's Viekira Pak regimen plus ribavirin for 12 weeks, according to a Phase 2 study described in the August 2015Journal of Hepatology. No interactions were seen between opiate substitution therapy and the hepatitis C drugs.

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