Study: Treatments for Hep C Improving

June 14, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A committee convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that treatment for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) has significantly improved during the past five years.

Sustained response rates have reportedly increased from 15 percent to 50 percent from treatment with combination therapies. Specifically, interferon and the antiviral drug ribavirin have improved the treatment of patients dramatically.

HCV, which is the leading cause of liver disease and liver cancer, has infected an estimated 4 million Americans.

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