Combination therapy offers quicker, less toxic eradication of hep C in liver transplant patients

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- All patients with hepatitis C who receive a liver transplant will eventually infect their new livers. These transplanted organs then require anti-viral treatment before they become severely damaged. But traditional post-transplant hepatitis C therapy can take up to a year, is potentially toxic and can lead to organ rejection.

Now, at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (The Liver MeetingĀ® 2014) in Boston, researchers at Mayo Clinic report that use of two new oral medications post-transplant is safe and beneficial, and requires only 12 weeks of treatment.

"This is the first study to examine the use of these two new drugs -- simeprevir and sofosbuvir -- in liver transplant recipients, and, based on this large study, we find it to be a better option than current treatment," says the study's lead researcher, Surakit Pungpapong, M.D., a transplant hepatologist and an associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida.


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