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AASLD 2014: Many Hepatitis C Patients with Cirrhosis or Advanced Fibrosis Face Liver Failure

Nearly one-third of chronic hepatitis C patients with liver cirrhosis and 12% with advanced fibrosis progressed to decompensation within 5 years, and 23% and 11%, respectively, died, according to a study presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meetinglast month in Boston. These findings underscore the urgent need for treatment for such individuals.

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AASLD 2014: Sofosbuvir/ Ledipasvir Cures Most Previously Treated HCV Patients with Cirrhosis

Difficult-to-treat hepatitis C patients with liver cirrhosis who were not cured with a prior course of therapy with first-generation HCV protease inhibitors had a sustained virological response rate of 97% when retreated with sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (Harvoni) for 24 weeks, researchers reported at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last month in Boston. Sofosbuvir/ledipasvir also worked worked well for people previously treated with other sofosbuvir-containing regimens.

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AASLD 2014: Sofosbuvir/ Ledipasvir + Ribavirin Cures Most Post-Transplant HCV Recurrence

An interferon-free regimen of sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir (Harvoni) taken with ribavirin for 12 or 24 weeks led to sustained virological response in nearly all HCV genotype 1patients with fibrosis or less-advanced liver cirrhosis, researchers reported at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting this month in Boston. Response rates fell for people with more severe cirrhosis and signs of liver decompensation, but still a majority were cured.

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AASLD 2014: Screening Baby Boomers for HCV More Effective than Risk-based Testing

Age cohort screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) identified 4 times as many people as prevailing screening protocols and can be "feasibly implemented," according to research presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last month in Boston.

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AASLD 2014: Sofosbuvir + Simeprevir Shows Good Results in Real-World Use

Regimens containing sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) -- including sofosbuvir plus simeprevir (Olysio) -- work well for people with hepatitis C genotype 1 in real-world use, which to date has included some of the patients most urgently in need of treatment at the dawn of the interferon-free era, according to a pair of presentations at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last week in Boston. Sofosbuvir plus ribavirin alone is highly effective for people with genotype 2.

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AASLD 2014: AbbVie 3D Cures Recurrent HCV in Most Liver Transplant Recipients Without Cirrhosis

AbbVie's 3D regimen (newly named Viekirax + Exviera) demonstrated a sustained virological response rate of 97% for people with HCV genotype 1 recurrence after liver transplantation who had not yet developed advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis, according to results from the CORAL-I study presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting this month in Boston and published in the November 11 advance edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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AASLD 2014: AbbVie 3D Regimen and Sofosbuvir/ Ribavirin Show High Cure Rates for HIV/HCV Coinfection

AbbVie's 3D regimen (paritaprevir/ombitasvir/ritonavir plus dasabuvir) with ribavirin for 12 weeks and Gilead Science's sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) plus ribavirin for 24 weeks both produced good sustained virological response rates for most patients with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection, according to studies presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last week in Boston.

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AASLD 2014: DAAs Show Good Cure Rates and Liver Function Improvement for Transplant Recipients with Recurrent HCV

A variety of interferon-free regimens containing the direct-acting antivirals sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), simeprevir (Olysio), and daclatasvir (Daklinza) led to high sustained virological response rates, often improved liver function, and were generally safe and reasonably well-tolerated by liver transplant recipients with hepatitis C recurrence, one of the most difficult populations to treat, according to several presentations at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting this month in Boston.

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Harvoni Coformulation Approved in Europe for Hepatitis C Genotypes 1 & 4

Gilead Sciences' Harvoni, a once-daily fixed-dose coformulation containing the nucleotide HCV polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir and the NS5A replication complex inhibitor ledipasvir, has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of people with hepatitis C genotypes 1 and 4, the company announced this week.

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