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Coverage of IDWeek 2016

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of IDWeek 2016, held October 26-30 in New Orleans.

Conference highlights include experimental HIV therapies, PrEP and other biomedical HIV prevention, antibiotic resistance, and emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola virus and Zika virus.

Full listing of coverage by topic

IDWeek website

11/4/16

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HIV Glasgow: Generic Hepatitis C Drugs Purchased Online Produce High Cure Rates

Use of generic versions of direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C resulted in very high cure rates for people who obtained the products through 3 buyers’ clubs, indicating that the generic products are effective, according to a set of poster presentations at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) last week. People who purchased generic drugs were cured at a cost of around US$700-$900 in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, Andrew Hill of St. Stephen’s AIDS Trust reported.

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New Triple Combo Cures Most DAA-Experienced and Hard-to-Treat Hepatitis C Patients Without Ribavirin

An investigational 3-drug coformulation from Gilead Sciences produced sustained virological response (SVR) in 95% to 97% of hard-to-treat hepatitis C patients in the Phase 3 POLARIS trials, including people who were previously treated with direct-acting antivirals and those with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 and compensated cirrhosis, according to a recent company announcement. Gilead plans to request Food and Drug Administration approval of the new combination by the end of the year.

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Over 1 Million People Have Been Treated with New Hepatitis Drugs, But Cost Remains a Barrier

More than 1 million people have now received hepatitis C treatment using the new highly effective and well-tolerated direct-acting antiviral agents despite their high cost, according to a report released this week by the World Health Organization. The Global Report on Access to Hepatitis C Treatment: Focus on Overcoming Barriers is available online.

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Response-Guided DAA Triple Regimen May Cure Hepatitis C in as Little as 3 Weeks

Response-guided therapy using 3 direct-acting antivirals without ribavirin cured a majority of easier-to-treat genotype 1b hepatitis C patients in just 3 weeks, according to results from a small pilot study published in the October 2016 edition of The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

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