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DDW 2014: Sustained Response to Interferon Is Durable in Children with Hepatitis C

Children with hepatitis C treated with interferon-based therapy continued to show undetectable HCV viral load up to 7 years after achieving sustained virological response in the PEDS-C trial, researchers reported at Digestive Disease Week this month in Chicago.

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DDW 2014: AbbVie Interferon-free Regimen Cures More than 90% of Hepatitis C Patients

AbbVie's all-oral "3D" regimen containing ABT-450, ombitasvir, and dasabuvir, used with or without ribavirin, led to sustained virological response in 90% to 100% of genotype 1a and 1b hepatitis C patients in the Phase 3 PEARL trials, according to data reported at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW 2014) meeting last week in Chicago and in the May 4 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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DDW 2014: New Hepatitis C Treatments Highlighted at Digestive Disease Week

Direct-acting antiviral agents for hepatitis C were a key theme of Digestive Disease Week 2014, taking place this week in Chicago. While the conference covers all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology, new treatments that can cure more than 90% of chronic hepatitis C patients with few side effects in as little as 8 to 12 weeks are bringing about a revolution in the field.

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Janssen Seeks Approval of Simeprevir + Sofosbuvir for HCV Genotype 1

Janssen Research & Development has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting approval of its HCV protease inhibitor simeprevir (Olysio) for use with Gilead Sciences' HCV polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) for certain treatment-naive and previously treated genotype 1 hepatitis C patients.

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DDW 2014: Drinking More Coffee Is Associated with Less Liver Fibrosis

People with hepatitis C who drink more cups of coffee per day may have a lower likelihood of developing advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis -- but only if it contains caffeine, and tea does not appear to have a similar effect, according to a study presented at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW 2014) meeting this week in Chicago.

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CROI 2014 & EASL 2014: Treating Hepatitis B and C in HIV+ People Reduces Liver Disease

Effective antiviral treatment that suppresses hepatitis B virus (HBV) repliaction or eradicates hepatitis C virus (HCV) can lower the risk of developing advanced liver disease including cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and decompensation in people with HIV and viral hepatitis coinfection, according to studies presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) and EASL International Liver Congress.

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EASL 2014: Idenix Hepatitis C Drugs Look Promising in Early Studies

Idenix Pharmaceuticals' hepatitis C virus NS5A inhibitor samatasvir (formerly IDX179) plus Janssen's HCV protease inhibitor simeprevir (Olysio) and ribavirin produced early sustained virological response rates of about 80% in a small study presented at the 49th EASL International Liver Congress last month in London. Another study showed that the company's HCV polymerase inhibitor candidate IDX21437 looks good in preclinical studies and is a potential once-daily partner for samatasvir in interferon-free regimens.

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May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day

May 19 is the third annual National Hepatitis Testing Day, an opportunity to raise awareness among healthcare providers and the public about screening for hepatitis B and C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among the approximately 3 million people with hepatitis C in the U.S., an estimated 75% do not know they are infected.

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Even Moderate Alcohol Use Raises Liver Fibrosis Risk in HIV/HCV Coinfected People

People with HIV alone or hepatitis C virus alone were more likely to have advanced liver fibrosis if they drank more alcohol, but people coinfected with both HIV and HCV had a greater risk of advanced fibrosis even with moderate or "non-hazardous" drinking, according to a report in the May 15 edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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