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Health

Political consensus over fighting genetic discrimination

In 2008 the United States passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act to protect Americans from possible loss of health coverage because they had chosen to find out diseases for which they might be genetically pre-disposed. This is a serious concern, especially for the Jewish people because of the prevalence of some cancers that can be detected early through genetic testing ...

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NDP and Green Party are backing national drug plan

Green Party leader Elizabeth May announced that if her party wins in in the federal election on October 19th, she would work on expanding and coordinating public and private drug coverage plans. May also added that she would work with other federal parties, provincial governments and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with better health coverage while saving the country millions.

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British Columbia to Reimburse AbbVie’s HOLKIRA(TM) PAK

AbbVie’s HOLKIRA PAK (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir film-coated tablets; dasabuvir film-coated tablets) will now be reimbursed in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon. HOLKIRA PAK is an all-oral, short-course (12 weeks for the majority of patients), interferon-free treatment, with or without ribavirin (RBV), for the treatment of patients with genotype 1 (GT1) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, including those with compensated cirrhosis. ...

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