Published in Hepatitis Weekly, August 25th, 2003
According to a study from England, "chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus is common. In the past, therapy involved a combination of thrice-weekly interferon (IFN) injections combined with oral ribavirin. This therapy was expensive, poorly tolerated and poorly effective, only curing approximately 40% of treated patients."
"Long-acting IFNs have recently been developed by linking IFN to polyethylene glycol and these 'pegylated' IFNs are now the standard of care for patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Two pegylated (PEG) IFNs are available; 40 kDa PEG-IFN-alpha(2a)...
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