Published in Hepatitis Weekly, February 2nd, 2004
According to published research from Turkey, "chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a common infectious disease in the world. Two percent of the patients with chronic HBV infection will develop cirrhosis each year, and will die prematurely from cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. So far interferon alfa and lamivudine are the only effective drugs."
"Interferon alfa can be used at the dosage of 9-10 million units thrice a week for 4-6 months either intramuscularly or subcutaneously for standard treatment. Interferon provides sustained response in 1/3 of the patients when HBeAg is...
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