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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Use of New HCV Protease Inhibitors ‘Not That Simple’

On May 13, patients began phoning Donald Jensen, MD, at his office at the University of Chicago’s Center for Liver Diseases, as soon as the FDA announced its approval of boceprevir. The call frequency increased when the FDA gave the go-ahead for telaprevir several days later.

Within two weeks, more than 115 patients had phoned the office asking about the much-anticipated, direct-acting antivirals. Patients wanted to know if they were candidates for one of the new agents and if they could trade their pegylated interferon and ribavirin regimen for one of the new therapies. And, most often, they wanted to know when they could start.

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