Hep B United Philadelphia Media Coverage
Hepatitis B: A Philadelphia Story
Philadelphia is at the center of the hepatitis B story. The hepatitis B virus was discovered by Dr. Baruch Blumberg at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, for which he received a Nobel Prize, and he also invented the first hepatitis B vaccine. The hepatitis B vaccine is manufactured by only two companies in the U.S. – GlaxoSmithKline and Merck – which are both located in the Philadelphia region.
The first animal that was discovered to be most useful in studying hepatitis B was a groundhog living at the Philadelphia Zoo, and the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B – the Hepatitis B Foundation – was established just outside Philadelphia.
So, it is only natural that Philadelphia would now take the lead in advancing the Hep B United campaign as a means to help make hepatitis B a top health priority in the city and nationwide!