FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, an employee cleans a logo at the Genki Sushi conveyor belt restaurant chain in Aiea, Hawaii. U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests found hepatitis A in scallops from the Philippines, which have been identified as the likely source of a Hawaii outbreak of the virus. The Hawaii Department of Health announced Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, FDA laboratory test results of frozen Sea Port Bay Scallops. Health officials ordered Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai to close earlier this week due to the outbreak.
The FDA's mandate of its so-called black box warning comes after the deaths of two patients who took a hepatitis C drug, along with one patient who needed a liver transplant. These patients saw a flare-up of a previously treated hepatitis B infection, which for most people can be easily cured but can lead to serious conditions in others.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination pill from Gilead Sciences for patients with and without liver damage. The agency has approved a number of hepatitis C drugs in the last three years but all were targeted to specific strains of the virus or patients with various stages of liver disease.
Federal health officials have approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus. The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination pill from Gilead Sciences Inc. for patients with and without liver damage. More than a decade ago, researchers at Gilead Sciences thought they had a breakthrough: a new version of the company's key HIV medicine that was less toxic to kidneys and bones. Clinical trials of the new compound on HIV-positive patients in Los Angeles and several other cities seemed to support... More than a decade ago, researchers at Gilead Sciences thought they had a breakthrough: a new version of the company's key HIV medicine that was less toxic to kidneys and bones.
HONOLULU – Hawaii authorities are urging diners to be aware of the risks of eating raw and undercooked food after they traced a hepatitis A outbreak to frozen scallops served raw at a sushi restaurant chain. State Department of Health Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro said Tuesday he and others in Hawaii like to eat food raw. But he said people should have their "eyes wide open" about such foods and understand there's a possibility they could get sick. "Obviously I am an enjoyer of raw foods also, and I am at risk just like all of you. This is not going to stop me from eating it because I recognize that it tastes good," Oshiro said.