From the Journals

HCV ‘cure’ within the VA appears likely

 

Key clinical point: The number of VA patients with hepatitis C virus who have achieved a sustained virologic response has escalated so rapidly and so high that the disease may be eradicated in that health care system within a few years.

Major finding: SVR rates rose from less than 25% at the beginning of the study period to a “remarkable” 90.5% at the end; the number of patients achieving SVR increased 21-fold from 1,313 in 2010 to an estimated 28,084 in 2015.

Data source: A retrospective cohort study examining all 105,369 antiviral regimens administered within the VA in 1999-2016.

Disclosures: The VA Office of Research and Development funded the study. Dr. Moon and his associates reported having no relevant financial disclosures.


 

FROM ALIMENTARY PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS

 

The number of Veterans Affairs patients with hepatitis C who have achieved a sustained virologic response to antiviral therapy has escalated so rapidly and reached such a height that the disease may well be eradicated in that health care system within a few years, according to a report in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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