An interferon-free combination of faldaprevir, BI 207127, and ribavirin produced high and similar sustained response rates for treatment-naive genotype 1b hepatitis C patients with either absent-to-moderate liver fibrosis or advanced fibrosis/cirrhosis, according to a presentation at the Digestive Disease Week conference (DDW 2013) this week in Orlando.
HCV viral breakthrough is an ongoing possibility during the pegylated interferon/ribavirin continuation phase after triple therapy with telaprevir (Incivek or Incivek or Incivo), especially for difficult-to-treat patients, researchers reported this week at the Digestive Disease Week conference (DDW 2013) in Orlando.
Adding the HCV protease inhibitor simeprevir (formerly TMC435) to pegylated interferon and ribavirin cured 79% of prior relapsers, and most were eligible to complete treatment after 3 months, according to findings from the PROMISE study presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting (DDW 2013) this week in Orlando.
Treating herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) with valacyclovir (Valtrex) was associated with a substantial reduction in plasma hepatitis C virus levels in dually-infected individuals, according to a small study presented at the Digestive Disease Week conference (DDW 2013)this week in Orlando.
- Category: HBV Treatment
- Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00
- Written by Liz Highleyman
HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2013 Digestive Disease Week annual meeting (DDW 2013) in Orlando, Florida, May 18-21, 2013.
Conference highlights include direct-acting hepatitis C drugs, new strategies for using approved HCV protease inhibitors and interferon/ribavirin, and interferon-free regimens.