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Old 08-21-2007, 09:09 PM
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Default Possible Breakthrough for Hep C

The use of peginterferon alone, or in combination with ribavirin, points to a cure for hepatitis C, the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and the need for liver transplant, a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher said today. https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/530150
I posted that link at another site and got this reply:
Originally Posted by ES
Hmm, that's interesting to me. Discovered I had Hep C back in 1995 and was told there was only a 20% chance of a cure. I took the interferon treatment at the time, which was to give myself a shot IM (intra muscle) every other day for a year. It was hell, I felt like I was getting a really bad flu every other day, but it worked. I've been checked a number of times since and there is no trace of the Hep C virus. I wonder what the difference in the treatment is now?

Another article. This drug seems even more effective:
Biolex Therapeutics Announces Positive
Phase 2a Results for Hepatitis C

PITTSBORO, NC--(Marketwire - July 26, 2007) - Biolex Therapeutics today announced successful initial results from the SELECT-1 Phase 2a clinical trial of Locteron�, the first controlled-release interferon alfa being developed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. In the 12-week Phase 2a trial, the combination of the highest dose of Locteron evaluated and the antiviral drug ribavirin achieved an early virologic response (EVR) in 100% of the hepatitis C patients treated. Importantly, the study results also indicated that patients receiving Locteron experienced side effects that were less frequent and less severe than those previously reported in clinical trials for the currently marketed pegylated interferons and for albumin-fused interferon (Albuferon�) currently under development. Biolex is co-developing Locteron with its partner OctoPlus N.V.

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