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EASL 2017: Generic Hepatitis C Drugs Continue to Produce High Cure Rates

Treatment with generic versions of direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs) for hepatitis C continues to produce similar cure rates to those reported in clinical trials of brand-name drugs, James Freeman reported last month at the EASL International Liver Congress in Amsterdam.

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FDA Approves Harvoni and Sovaldi for Adolescents with Hepatitis C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 7 approved the first direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adolescents age 12 to 17 years. Sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (Harvoni) is now indicated for adolescents with HCV genotypes 1, 4, 5, or 6, while sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) plus ribavirin is approved for those with genotypes 2 or 3.

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AASLD 2016: Grazoprevir/ Elbasvir + Sofosbuvir Highly Effective for Hard-to-Treat Genotype 3 HCV Patients

A triple regimen of grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier) plus sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) without ribavirin cured 96% of previously untreated and 97% of treatment-experienced people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 and liver cirrhosis, matching rates seen in easier-to-treat patient groups, according to results from the C-ISLE study presented this week at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting in Boston.

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AASLD 2016: U.S. Veterans Health System and Australia Show Potential for Rapid Hepatitis C Elimination

If sufficient money is available to pay for direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), the U.S. Veterans Health Administration could cure hepatitis C in the majority of veterans under its care within 3 years, and has already shown it has the capacity to start almost 7000 people on treatment in a single month, George Ioannou of the University of Washington in Seattle reported at the AASLD Liver Meeting last week in Boston.

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AASLD 2016: Real-World Responses to HCV Treatment Among U.S. Veterans Match Best Clinical Trial Results

Direct-acting antiviral treatment is curing people of hepatitis C in real-world clinical practice at similar rates to those seen in clinical trials, and there do not seem to be major differences between drug regimens, according to results of a large population study presented this weekend at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting in Boston.

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