Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver caused by consuming contaminated water or food, using dirty needles or syringes, or practicing unsafe sex. Researchers have identified six hepatitis viruses, but three, known as A, B and C, cause about 90 per cent of acute hepatitis cases in Canada. Rx Connect Specialty Pharmacy is comprised of highly qualified pharmacist with certified training in hepatitis management.

People infected with hepatitis can experience effects ranging from mild illness to serious liver damage. Many recover completely from an infection, while others become carriers of the disease and can spread it to others unknowingly. Newer therapies are effective and can achieve cures of over 90%, but are very expensive and require professional navigation and support.

Access to Hepatitis medications can pose a significant obstacle for patients. Rx Connect will act as administrators to support special authorizations, diagnostic coordination, injection training and scheduling to make sure our patient have access to specialty medication(s). 

  • An estimated 250,000 Canadians have Hepatitis C, but many don’t know it.
  • An estimated 44% of people living with chronic hepatitis C infection were unaware of their status
  • Approximately 75% of people who are infected develop chronic infection.
  • People with Hepatitis C often have no symptoms.
  • Many infected people live for up to 20 or 30 years without feeling sick.
  • Hepatitis can cause serious damage to the liver.
  • Hepatitis C is a leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplants.
  • 66.0% of people who inject drugs tested positive for Hepatitis C.
  • 28.5% of people who formerly injected drugs tested positive for Hepatitis C.
  • Avoid direct exposure to blood or blood products.
  • Avoid sharing personal hygiene items (e.g. razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers).
  • Do not share needles.
  • Ensure tattoo or piercing facilities practice safe sterilization procedures.
  • Practice safe sex.