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Interferon-Free Combination Therapy Is Effective for Hepatitis C Patients

August 20, 2013

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Learn about a new interferon-free regimen that achieved sustained virologic response rates close to 70% in a phase II clinical trial.

Interferon-free regimens effective for hepatitis C virus genotype 1

By: MARY ANN MOON, Family Practice News Digital Network

An interferon-free regimen of faldaprevir, deleobuvir, and ribavirin proved to be effective in a phase II clinical trial involving 362 patients with previously untreated chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The new combination therapy achieved sustained virologic response rates of 52%-69% 12 weeks after treatment was completed, reported Dr. Stefan Zeuzem of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Medical Center, Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and his associates (N. Engl. J. Med. 2013;369:630-9).

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