Hepatitis C Research
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a chronic viral infection which causes inflammation of the liver. This chronic inflammation causes scaring which can lead to cirrhosis and further complications. There are about 4 - 5 million Americans infected with HCV. HCV is divided into 6 different Genotypes with the most prevalent being Genotype 1 (75% infected). Treatment up through May 2011 only used peg-interferon and ribavirin. This treatment of Genotype 1 infected persons had a 40% to 60% cure rate dependent on individual health conditions. In May 2011 and June 2011 two new medications called Direct Acting Antivirals (DAA’s) in combination with peg-interferon and ribavirin were FDA approved for treatment of HCV genotype 1. This combination has increased the rate of cure to greater than 80% also dependent on individual health conditions.
Research in HCV is now using multiple DAA’s with and without peg-interferon and ribavirin. These new treatments are being done in hopes of getting better response rates with fewer side effects and a shorter duration of treatment.
Please contact Herman Ortiz in our research department if you have questions regarding our clinical research opportunities. email@example.com , Tel: 713-799-2667, Fax: 713-547-4378
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