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EASL 2015: Expanded Vaccination and Treatment Could Help Eliminate Hepatitis B Worldwide

While universal infant hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination has already led to major advances in reducing new infections in some settings, further expansion of prevention and treatment are needed to significantly reduce HBV transmission and liver disease mortality, according to an analysis presented at the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) 50th International Liver Congress this week in Vienna.

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Global Hepatitis B Epidemic Treatable at Cost of Just $36 per Patient per Year

Large-scale production of generic entecavir (Baraclude) could cut the cost of first-line hepatitis B virus (HBV) therapy to just $36 per patient per year, according to a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Virus Eradication. The authors believe that this price could facilitate low-cost global therapy for hepatitis B. The cost of scaled-up generic production of entecavir was shown to be significantly cheaper than that associated with alternative therapies, including tenofovir (Viread).

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11. Hepatitis B: Interferon Boosts Cure Rate, Tenofovir Works Long-Term

Compared with hepatitis C and HIV, the hepatitis B treatment field moves slowly, but a number of studies presented in 2014 advanced knowledge about how best to treat chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) with existing therapies and offered some promising agents in the pipeline. 

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World Health Organization Issues First Hepatitis B Prevention and Treatment Guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) released its first-ever guidelines for the prevention, care, and treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, a major cause of illness and death worldwide. For treatment, WHO recommends the antivirals tenofovir (Viread) or entecavir (Baraclude), and says that people with liver cirrhosis need treatment most urgently.

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AASLD 2014: Experimental siRNA Therapy Lowers HBsAg Levels in Hepatitis B Patients

ARC-520, a novel therapy using short interfering RNA, appeared safe and was associated with a reduction in hepatitis B surface antigen levels in chronic hepatitis B patients taking entecavir, according to Phase 2a study results reported at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last month in Boston.

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