Monday, February 24, 2014

The Rise of Sofosbuvir


The Rise of Sofosbuvir

by Kate O'Rourke

Many clinicians are ecstatic about the recent approval of sofosbuvir (Sovaldi, Gilead Sciences) for
patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. At The Liver Meeting 2013, several presentations provided new insight into just how sofosbuvir will perform in clinical practice.

“I think sofosbuvir is the cat’s meow,” said Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and surgery and head of outcomes research in hepatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.

“It’s a drug that has no resistance or incremental adverse effects. It is very well tolerated, very safe, very efficacious and there are no significant drug interactions with it. I think it is going to revolutionize the way we treat hepatitis in this country and around the world.”

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