The Week in Review: August 11 – August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017 Canada Great news in Canada. Two new drug regimens have been approved:  Vosevi from Gilead is a pangenotypic for retreatment of those who have failed previous DAA therapy Gilead Receives Approval in Canada for VOSEVI™ (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir/Voxilaprevir) for Re-treatment of Certain Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection. And MAVIRET from AbbVie is the first and only 8-week, pan-genotypic treatment for hepatit...

How Do Direct-Acting Antivirals for Hepatitis C Affect the Risk for Hepatocellular Carcinoma?

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which has an annual incidence rate of 1%-4%, is a potential complication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) cirrhosis owing to a multistep carcinogenesis pathway. Previous HCV treatment with interferon was associated with poor cure rates and was limited to individuals with early fibrosis or well-compensated cirrhosis. Such therapy, however, also led to a decrease in HCC after a sustained viral response (SVR). Although remarkable pro

Higher Risk of HCC Recurrence Observed Following DAA Therapy for Hepatitis C

In updated results presented at the 2017 International Liver Congress, Spanish researchers raised a red flag regarding observations of unexpected higher rates of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence following treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Maria Reig MD, PhD, presented data updating results published last year evaluating increased rates of tumor recurrence in patients following successful treatme