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Title: "Simple drug regimen cures hepatitis C virus in patients after 12 weeks"
Post by: tryingtostay on November 16, 2015, 10:05:18 pm
Great news for people suffering with hep C virus

Link (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151116181750.htm)

Researchers at the Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) Liver Clinic have found that a simple drug regimen delivered over 1​2 weeks achieved sustained eradication of several genotypes of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 99 per cent of the trial's patients.

The study, released in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that receiving a once daily drug combination of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir for a 12 week period was effective in both treatment-nave and previously treated patients with HCV genotype 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6, including those with compensated cirrhosis (where scarring of the liver has occurred but patients have yet to experience symptoms as a result of it).

"This drug regimen changes the standard of care in treating patients with HCV -- we can now cure almost everyone with a very simple treatment," said Dr. Jordan Feld, Hepatologist, Francis Family Liver Clinic, TWH and the first author of the study. "It's incredibly gratifying to be part of research where we not only cure a disease but can also think about eliminating HCV in Canada."

Current approved treatments for chronic HCV are not equally effective in combating the virus' different genotypes. Testing to determine the genotype and subtype of the virus is required before treatment could be initiated. But the combination of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir has been shown to be applicable to all strains of HCV, effectively eliminating the need to test for the viral genotype -- an obstacle that often delayed treatment.

The regimen was tested in an international, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled phase three trial conducted at 81 sites in eight different countries. After 12 weeks, 99 per cent of the 624 patients who had been treated with a daily tablet of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir experienced a sustained virologic response -- the medical term for eradication or cure of HCV -- meaning that patients remained free of the virus three months after completing treatment. None of the 116 patients receiving a placebo experienced the same result.

"This is truly a one size fits all treatment that is very easy to administer and extremely well tolerated," said Dr. Feld. "Our challenge now is getting treatment to those who need it. Over half of people living with hepatitis C remain undiagnosed. Fortunately this regimen, along with other advances in therapy, will allow us to move treatment out of specialty clinics so that we can deliver care and ideally cure all infected Canadians."

Chronic HCV is known as a "silent" killer because symptoms often don't appear until the liver is severely damaged. Left undiagnosed, HCV can lead to cirrhosis which can progress to liver failure or liver cancer. HCV is primarily spread by blood-to-blood contact and is associated with intravenous drug use, contact with poorly sterilized medical equipment and blood transfusions before 1992.

Approximately 170 million people are infected with chronic HCV worldwide with an estimated 252,000 in Canada. HCV causes the greatest burden of disease, measured in years of life lost, than any infectious disease in Canada.​
Title: Re: "Simple drug regimen cures hepatitis C virus in patients after 12 weeks"
Post by: Jeff G on November 16, 2015, 10:08:19 pm
And here is a link from the top of this page to our sister site and HEP C forum .

And from our news section http://www.poz.com/articles/Harvoni_FDA_indications_761_28043.shtml
Title: Re: "Simple drug regimen cures hepatitis C virus in patients after 12 weeks"
Post by: geobee on November 18, 2015, 01:39:09 am
 This is incredible news.    Hep C may now be easily cured for all.  Wow.
Title: Re: "Simple drug regimen cures hepatitis C virus in patients after 12 weeks"
Post by: Mishma on November 18, 2015, 12:12:53 pm
A good friend was virus free after 8 weeks on this tx and I cleared it on my own without any drugs (~5% of the population does).
Title: Re: "Simple drug regimen cures hepatitis C virus in patients after 12 weeks"
Post by: Jeff G on November 18, 2015, 12:36:39 pm
The drug is a life saver Before there was a treatment for Hep C an infectious disease doctor once confided in me that he feared Hep C more than HIV due to the fact that it has the potential to do so much deadly damage in such a short time.

Its wonderful we have an effective treatment so now we need to do something about bringing the cost of treatment down . Check out the price of an 8 week course of this med.

Quote from NPR news
The move came days after NPR reported the story of an Arizona man who was on the verge of developing cirrhosis - and couldn't afford the $150,000 Sovaldi and another drug would cost. A representative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contacted NPR to say that changing the agency's coverage policies has been a slow process.

Title: Re: "Simple drug regimen cures hepatitis C virus in patients after 12 weeks"
Post by: Matts on November 18, 2015, 03:39:49 pm
Harvoni is great, and the new Velpatasvir of Gilead is even better. But the price is ridiculous.
All the blogs and stories of Swiss, American and other patients travelling to India, to get 99% cheaper generics is embarassing. This can not be normal.
The Indian company Mylan and others, produce the drug dirt-cheap. Something has to happen.