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Developments in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection 

Developments in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection
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Developments in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection
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Tomas Doyle

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10.1093/med/9780199665754.003.0013
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date: 26 September 2020

The burden of HCV-related diseases, in terms of mortality and cost, remains considerable and HCV remains a potential cause of morbidity, mortality, and need for liver transplantation. For many years, patients with chronic HCV have been promised that new, more effective drugs are ‘just around the corner’. Now, advances in drug discovery mean that there is a pipeline of candidate drugs in development and many at the stage of clinical testing with encouraging results. This chapter describes a case of a patient who has relapsed on traditional ribavirin and interferon therapy and is successfully treated with a new regimen containing a directly acting antiviral (DAA). DAAs are discussed with particular attention to prognostic indicators and side-effect profiles.

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