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EMA to Review New Hepatitis C Drugs for Possible Hepatitis B Rea 6 years 6 months ago #13152

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Genotype 1A
ALT 473
AST 226
Virus Load 3,119,030
Results as of May-2016
5 week viral load/undetected as of 12/02/2016
Liver Biopsy Results from Feb 2013
Portal/Periportal chronic inflammation and mild interface hepatitis (Grade 2)
Focal Lobular chronic inflammation (Grade 1)
Portal/Periportal fibrosis (stage 1-2 trichrome and reticulin stains utilized)
Negative Iron stains.

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EMA to Review New Hepatitis C Drugs for Possible Hepatitis B Rea 6 years 6 months ago #13185

A review? I thought everybody already knew that - it's certainly part of the standard advice from ASHM here.

Anybody co-infected with Hep B should have entecavir 0.5 mg with their sofosbuvir and daclatasvir.

The entecavir costs $10-$30 a month as a generic and should be continued for at least 3 months post completion of treatment and perhaps indefinitely.

The Hep C is like weed mat - it helps keep the Hep B under control, but when you remove it the Hep B can flare, thus the entecavir.
YMMV
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EMA to Review New Hepatitis C Drugs for Possible Hepatitis B Rea 6 years 6 months ago #13210

I haven't heard anybody say they're on entecavir.

I bet the VA docs aren't doing it.

Plus, I remember one of the hepatologists being asked which was thougher Hep B or Hep C and he said Hep B is a wimp, in the presence of Hep C, it usually hides.

This is not good for us.

P

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EMA to Review New Hepatitis C Drugs for Possible Hepatitis B Rea 6 years 6 months ago #13254

With Hep B 95% of people who are infected as adults clear it and don't go on to chronic Hep B

A major problem is that around the world, most of the people with chronic Hep B contracted it at birth or early childhood when their immune systems are weak and the clearance rate is <10%

With Hep C only 25% clear it and most go on to chronic Hep C

Hep C can be cured because it does not integrate itself into host cells. Hep B is a DNA virus and this DNA can form cccDNA - covalently closed circular DNA - in the nucleus of infected cells. What that means in english is that it can hide in a bullet proof dormant form.

Anybody who is HBV surface Antigen positive or has an HBV viral load should be treated with entecavir at the same time as DAAs or the the HBV will probably flare.

People with evidence of past infection who have cleared (negative surface antigen, positive core and surface antibodies) probably just need watching.
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EMA to Review New Hepatitis C Drugs for Possible Hepatitis B Rea 6 years 6 months ago #13398

Veterans have a high rate of coinfection with Hep B

hepbblog.org/2015/11/11/the-veterans-adm...mefront-hepatitis-b/

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