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Health Plan Tiers Raise Drug Costs for Hepatitis Patients
Oct 12 – A new report says that health insurance companies discriminate against people with hepatitis B and C by charging high out-of-pocket costs for drugs.  Read more.

Shorten Interval for Infants’ Post-Vaccine Hepatitis B Test
Oct 12 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended changes to the timing of postvaccination serologic testing of infants born to mothers with hepatitis B virus infection. Read more.

ACOG Endorses New Guidance and Algorithm for Prenatal HBsAg Tests
Oct 12 – In an important step to help prevent perinatal hepatitis B infection and chronic HBV in infancy, ACOG has endorsed a new procedure and algorithm.  The new OB algorithm endorsed by ACOG is a revised version of the algorithm developed by the Hepatitis B Foundation and adopted by the CDC for their perinatal HBV coordinators. Read more.

23 Million Nigerians Infected with Hepatitis B
Oct 12 – Nigerian Federal lawmakers adopted resolutions of a motion urging the federal government to create a national policy on hepatitis similar to that of HIV/AIDS in order to curb the spread of the hepatitis B virus in Nigeria. Read more.

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HBF Happenings

Liver Cancer is Preventable Twitter Chat, 2p.m. EDT October 20
Oct 12 – October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month. Join HBF, NVHR and Dr. Robert Gish for a twitter chat discussing liver cancer, viral hepatitis, prevention and more. Join the conversation with #LiverChat. Read more.

Tom LondonThe W. Thomas London Distinguished Professorship Established by the Hepatitis B Foundation and Baruch S. Blumberg Institute
Oct 5 - The named Professorship honors Dr. W. Thomas London (on left) who made transformational contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis B virus with Dr. Baruch Blumberg and dedicated his career to the study of the virus and care of those affected. Dr. Ju Tao Guo (on right) is the inaugural recipient of the new professorship. He serves as director of Experimental Therapeutics at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute. Read more.

First World Hepatitis Summit Focuses on Global Plan for Elimination by 2030
Sept 8 – Last week the first World Hepatitis Summit convened 600 participants from 80 countries, including HBF’s Joan Block, all with the same goal - the elimination of viral hepatitis. Read more.

Antiviral Research Articles Explore Cutting-Edge Treatments That Could Lead to a Cure
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the hepatitis B virus, the journal Antiviral Research has published a series of free articles entitled Hepatitis B: A Wave of New Therapies on the Horizon. The special collection, which explores new drug targets, compounds and experimental strategies to eradicate hepatitis B, was compiled by Dr. Timothy Block and leading scientists of the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute. Read or download the articles for free.

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Taking Action Against HBV!

CME OutfittersJune 2015 - Learn more about HBV and earn CME credits as well! This educational webinar is a collaborative effort between CME Outfitter LLC, ProPatient LLC, and the Hepatitis B Foundation. Download now.

Blumberg Institute Assembles Team of 'All-Star Researchers' to Cure Hepatitis B
April 2015– The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute has recruited a new team of nationally renowned, “all Star researchers” who will focus exclusively on developing a cure for hepatitis B, with a goal for breakthrough therapies within the next three years. Read more.



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