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NIH Announces Funding for New Technologies for Viral Hepatitis

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to encourage small businesses to address viral hepatitis research opportunities delineated in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) [PDF 2MB]. The announcement of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant entitled New Technologies for Viral…

2014 Viral Hepatitis Year-in-Review and Looking to 2015

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2014 has been a year of both opportunities and challenges in the fight against viral hepatitis. In May, the World Health Assembly passed a new resolution  [PDF 151 KB] on viral hepatitis, urging member states to develop and implement coordinated, national strategies for preventing, diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis.  Our nation’s own comprehensive viral hepatitis strategy,…

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg’s statement on FDA’s blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is a science-based regulatory agency that works to protect and promote the public health. In this role, it is our responsibility to regulate the blood supply and to help ensure its continued safety for the patients who receive these life-saving products. Over the past several years, in collaboration with…

FDA approves Viekira Pak to treat hepatitis C

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir tablets co-packaged with dasabuvir tablets) to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection, including those with a type of advanced liver disease called cirrhosis. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver that…

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2014

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Remarkable progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the first annual World AIDS Day was commemorated 26 years ago. Yet, we are still far from achieving our goal of a world without AIDS. In 2013, more than 2 million people globally became newly infected with HIV, and 1.5 million people died from…

For an AIDS-Free Generation: Access to Drugs and Diagnostics Is Essential

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On World AIDS Day this year, tens of millions of people with HIV are now living healthy, productive lives because of access to safe and lower priced medicines. We rejoice in this achievement, because all people, no matter how rich or poor, deserve to have the medicines they need to live their lives in the…

Revised Hepatitis C (HCV)/HIV Coinfection Section of the Adult and Adolescent Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Released

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Last week, the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents announced the release of the updated “Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents.” As described in What’s New in the Guidelines, this interim revision of the guidelines features a revised section on Hepatitis C (HCV)/HIV Coinfection that emphasizes…

NIH Launches ClinRegs Website on International Clinical Research Regulations

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An online database of country-specific clinical research regulatory information is now available at clinregs.niaid.nih.gov. Developed by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the ClinRegs website is designed to help the research community plan international clinical trials more efficiently by consolidating regulatory requirements in one place and enabling comparisons across countries. By providing…