December 19, 2013
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Greetings:

I hope this finds everyone well. This week we have received good news from two different clinical trials with interferon-free therapies. AbbVie and Gilead are reporting cure rates in the 90 percentile! To read about these therapies and other news check out our blog. In addition, we have updated many fact sheets and guides to include information about the recently FDA-approved Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) combination therapy as well as information about Olysio (simeprevir) that was approved a couple of weeks ago.

Best Regards,

Alan

 

1. Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) Approved!

Check out our new sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) fact sheets and the prescribing information package insert.

PDFSovaldi (Sofosbuvir): Genotype 1 Triple Therapy

PDFSovaldi (Sofosbuvir): Genotype 2 & 3

PDFSovaldi (Sofosbuvir): Genotype 4 Triple Therapy

PDF Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) – Package Insert.

 

2. Top News from the HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog includes:

Gilead Announces SVR12 Rates From Three Phase 3 Studies Evaluating a Once-Daily Fixed-Dose Combination of Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir for Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Patients

AbbVie Demonstrates 96 percent SVR(12) in its Phase III Study of Treatment-Experienced Patients with Genotype 1 Hepatitis C

Phase III data show Boehringer Ingelheim's faldaprevir* is effective even in patients with common drug-resistant viral variant

An all-oral phase IIa study combining Simeprevir, TMC647055 and JNJ56914845 in hepatitis C patients to be initiated

 

3. Fact Sheets & Guides: We have recently updated and added over 30 fact sheets and guides. Check them out here!

 

4. Top Ten: Check out the Top Ten documents that were viewed on the HCV and HBV Advocate Websites – find out what others are reading regarding viral hepatitis.

HBV —Among the top ten are:

  • How to Interpret Hepatitis B Antibody & Viral Tests
  • What Is HBV DNA and How Is It Measured?
  • Hepatitis Basics: Hepatitis B Antigen and Antibody Tests
  • and for those newly diagnosed—HBV: Testing Positive for Hepatitis B, Now What?


HCV —HCV's top ten include English and Spanish Fact Sheets and Guides:

  • Treatment Side Effect Management
  • Hepatitis and Disability
  • December 2013 edition of the HCV Advocate newsletter
  • Pocket Guide
  • First Steps with HCV — for the Newly Diagnosed

and more.....

 

5. Clinical Trials Postings: Updated—December 17, 2013
Be sure to check out the latest clinical trial postings at the HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog. Just click on the links to the Drug Companies at the top and to see which drugs are in trials right now, where the trials are, and how to register for one.

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Don’t forget that there is help as close as a phone call – the 877-HELP-4-HEP line (877-435-7443) is available 9:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time.  For more information about the services they offer either call or visit their Website at www.help4hep.org  The helpline is run by The Support Partnership:  a group of non-profits working together to help people affected by hepatitis C. 

 

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 and much, much more…..

 

Sincerely,

Alan

Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate www.hcvadvocate.org
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate www.hbvadvocate.org

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