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Monday, November 8, 2010

Telbivudine Prevents HBV Perinatal Transmission

Limited use of telbivudine in highly viremic pregnant women can reduce perinatal hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission to infants, according to the results of a study presented here at AASLD 2010.

Previous studies have shown that lamivudine used in the third trimester of pregnancy can significantly reduce HBV transmission. However, the incidence of teratogenicity with telbivudine in animals has restricted its use in pregnant women.

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