TheCDCrecommends everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinate, and since 2007 the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in the USA has recommended annual influenza vaccination for patients with chronic liver disease. As people with chronic liver disease are at a higher risk for flu-related complications especially people with cirrhosis, and liver transplant recipients.
Among the options are traditional shots, including one with a much smaller needle; a nasal spray; a high-dose version for seniors; an egg-free vaccine — even a needle-free jet injector for the squeamish.
Hep C drug tourism has begun as patients seek Harvoni, Sovaldi overseas..
An index of articles pointing the reader to the current controversy over the high price
of Sovaldi, Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) and AbbVie Viekira Pak.
FDA APPROVED - July 2015
At the end of July the FDA approved two new drugs for hepatitis C, one for genotype 3 called Daklinza "Daclatasvir" in combination with sofosbuvir and the other is Technivie (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir) for genotype 4. To view package insert, dosage, warnings, drug interactions and side effects, in addition research and news for both newly approved drugs, click here for Daklinza and here for Technivie. To view all approved treatments for hepatitis C, click here.
U.S. FDA Approves Gileads Harvoni (Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir)
Harvoni is the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. It is also the first approved regimen that does not require administration with interferon or ribavirin, two FDA-approved drugs also used to treat HCV infection.
Both drugs in Harvoni interfere with the enzymes needed by HCV to multiply. Sofosbuvir is a previously approved HCV drug marketed under the brand name Sovaldi. Harvoni also contains a new drug called ledipasvir. Continue reading...
To learn more about Hepatitis C virus clinical trials or to find out if a study is enrolling patients in your area, please click here.
Hepatitis Clinical Trials Listed By State
A listing of Hepatitis medical research trials actively recruiting patient volunteers. Click on the closest city to find more detailed information on a research study in your area.
To view FDA approved treatments for hepatitis C, click here.
Two HCV Drugs to Be Discontinued
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Rebetol(ribavirin; Merck) capsules and PegIntron (peginterferon alfa-2b; Merck) for Injection are being discontinued. The decision is business-related and not due to safety or efficacy issues with the drugs.
Rebetol is a nucleoside analogue indicated for chronic hepatitis C in combination with interferon alfa-2b (pegylated and nonpegylated), in patients ≥3 years of age with compensated liver disease. It is supplied as 200mg capsules in 56-, 70-, and 84-count bottles. The Rebetol discontinuation is effective February 1, 2016.
PegIntron is an antiviral indicated for treatment of chronic hepatitis C in patients with compensated liver disease. It is supplied as 50mcg/0.5mL, 80mcg/0.5mL, 120mcg/0.5mL, and 150mcg/0.5mL single-use vials and single-use pre-filled pens. No effective date is available for the PegIntron discontinuation.
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How Soon Should I Get Tested After Exposure ? After the exposure (especially if the blood exposure involved another person known to have the hepatitis C virus), it is recommended that testing for the hepatitis C antibody be performed at 4 to 6 months after the exposure OR that testing for the hepatitis C virus itself (a test often called an HCV PCR or hepatitis C viral load test) be performed 4 to 6 weeks after the potential exposure. These tests are done to determine whether or not hepatitis C infection has occurred as a result of the exposure
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