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Berries contaminated with hepatitis A – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 17th, 2015.

An outbreak of hepatitis A in Australia has been linked to imported frozen berries from China. ABC News reports that up to nine people in  have become sick with the disease prompting a recall of products including mixed berries frozen pack from Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet brands. Our colleagues at the Australian SMC collected the […]

UPDATED: Potential Hep A contamination of fruit – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 15th, 2014.

The Ministry for Primary Industries is warning consumers there is a small chance that fruit from a Hawkes Bay packhouse may have been contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. In media statement issued yesterday, MPI Deputy Director General Scott Gallacher reassured consumers that the  risk of transmission of the virus is relatively low, but MPI […]

PHARMAC funds genetically-targeted Hep C drug

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2013.

PHARMAC has announced it will fund a new hepatitis C drug targeted to patients who carry a particular gene variant, highlighting the rise of personalised medicine. The government drug buying agency will begin funding boceprevir (Victrelis) from next month for certain patients for the treatment of hepatitis C in combination with other drugs. The treatment […]

Experts call for urgent action on liver cancer

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2012.

Leading health experts are warning that rates of liver cancer will soar over the next decade if urgent action isn’t taken to curb the leading cause of the disease, viral hepatitis. They are gathered in Auckland to issue a public statement calling on government, health departments and others to take immediate action. “… A substantial […]

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