UAB MedCast

There is Now a Cure for Hepatitis C

Michael Saag, MD | Brendan McGuire, MD - Speaker Bio
Michael Saag, MD received a B.S. in chemistry with honors from Tulane University, earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Louisville, and completed his residency and infectious disease and molecular virology fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Brendan McGuire, MD is a hepatology specialist in Birmingham, AL and has been practicing for 22 years. He graduated from University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in 1990 and specializes in hepatology.

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Release Date:      September 18, 2018

Expiration Date:  September 18, 2021

Disclosure Information:

Dr. Saag has the following financial relationships with commercial interests:

  • Grants/Research Support/Grants Pending - Gilead Sciences, Merck, ViiV Healthcare
  • Consulting Fee - Gilead Sciences, Merck, ViiV Healthcare
  • Dr. McGuire has the following financial relationships with commercial interests:

  • Grants/Research Support/Grants Pending - Gilead Sciences
  • Drs. Saag and McGuire does not intend to discuss the off-label use of a product. No other speakers, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    There is no commercial support for this activity.


    • Topic Info:There are about 50,000 people living with Hep C in the state of Alabama currently.

      The hepatitis C virus is carried in the blood and often is transmitted by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness, but for many it becomes a long-term, chronic infection that can result in serious health problems, even death, if left untreated.

      Brendan McGuire,MD, and Michael Saag,MD, discuss the cure for Hepatitis C. They discuss when a physician should refer a patient and to be more aware of this cure so that they can get their patients tested.