Did you know that Pepsi ACT is having a job seeker open house this week on Tuesday September 29, 2015? What we love about this open house is that Pepsi ACT – Achieving Change Together, proactively recruits, trains, and hires individuals with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities.
Currently, Pepsi ACT is hiring for Warehouse Loaders, Merchandisers, Mechanics, Technicians, and Managers.
The event will be held at Career Source Central Florida, located at 1563 Florida Mall Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809.
To attend their open house on Tuesday September 29th, you must confirm your attendance by calling Career Source at (407) 531-1232, or by emailing Shelly Brown at RBrown@careersourcecf.com.
Globally, 130 – 150 million people have a Hepatitis C infection. Of those who are chronically infected will also develop liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Approximately 500,000 people die each year from Hepatitis C related liver diseases.
Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing Annette Palmer, M.A. from the Center for Advanced Gastroenterology, and here is what she had to say about a new treatment, Harvoni, and the success they’ve had using this treatment to cure Hepatitis C.
How is Harvoni Different than an Interferon Treatment?
Interferon is a once a week injection, and is a combination treatment that has side effects which include: anemia, depression, and flu-like symptoms, among others.
Harvoni is a pill that is very easy to take, and it has minimal side effects. Some patients may experience an occasional mild headache, which is easily treatable with Tylenol.
What is the Benefit of the Newer Medication vs. Interferon?
A shorter treatment. Harvoni’s course is, on average, 12 weeks, but can be as short as 8 weeks if the patient has never received any antiviral treatment in the past. In contrast, Interferon is a 12-18 month course of treatment.
There is also a higher curability rate – statistically 90% of those who complete the Harvoni treatment are Hepatitis free, in comparison to 20% of patients who completed the Interferon treatment and were Hepatitis free.
What is the Criteria to get Approved for the Harvoni Treatment?
It depends on the insurance provider. They will want a confirmed diagnosis of Hepatitis C and other diagnostic blood tests before approving treatment. Some insurance will only approve treatment if someone is in Stage 3 or 4 liver cirrhosis. It is best to talk with your insurance provider to determine if you are eligible.
What Does the Harvoni Treatment Cost?
Currently, Harvoni is approximately $1,125 per pill, or $94,500 for a 12-week course of treatment. Insurances are scrambling to figure out how to pay for treatment without breaking the bank. Many say they will only cover costly therapies for the sickest patients. There are also very strict guidelines about patient compliance, such as avoiding alcohol or un-prescribed drug use. Screenings are done to ensure that the patient is not partaking in either activity. If there is a suspicion that the patient is not complying, they will be taken off the program immediately, and may also lose their eligibility for further treatment.
To learn more about the Center for Advanced Gastroenterology, visit their website at: http://www.centerforadvancedgi.net/