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AASLD 2012: Entecavir Shows Good Efficacy for Black and Hispanic Hepatitis B Patients

The nucleoside analog entecavir (Baraclude) worked as well for previously untreated African-American and Hispanic/Latino hepatitis B patients as it did for the majority white and Asian study populations in prior clinical trials, according to a poster presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Liver Meeting (AASLD 2012) last month in Boston.

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AASLD 2012: Adding Pegylated Interferon to Entecavir Improves HBV Treatment Response

Intensifying entecavir (Baraclude) treatment for hepatitis B by adding pegylated interferon lowers HBV viral load and increases the likelihood of hepatitis B "e" antigen (HBeAg) loss, according to a report at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Liver Meeting (AASLD 2012) last month in Boston. A related study found that hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) levels during treatment can be used to predict response to interferon. alt

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AASLD 2012: Nucleoside Analogs Reduce Hepatitis B Liver Cancer Risk, Cirrhosis Remains a Concern

Treatment of chronic hepatitis B with nucleoside/nucleotide analogs including lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) and entecavir (Baraclude) can reduce the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma, including cancer recurrence after successful resection, according to studies presented at the recent American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Liver Meeting (AASLD 2012) and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. alt

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FDA: Do Not Mix Hepatitis B Drug Adefovir with Stribild HIV Combo Pill

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced an update to the label information for adefovir dipivoxil (Hepsera), adding the 4-in-1 antiretroviral combination pill Stribild (elvitegravir/cobicistat/tenofovir/emtricitabine) to the list of other products that should not be co-administered with adefovir.alt

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AASLD 2012: Tenofovir Safe and Effective for Long-term Hepatitis B Treatment with Little Bone Loss

Tenofovir (Viread) continues to be safe and highly effective for treating chronic hepatitis B through 8 years of follow-up, researchers reported at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD 2012) this week in Boston. Another study showed minimal bone loss among tenofovir-treated patients using the FRAX method. alt

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