Nursing Times-NHS-NICE gives backing to hepatitis C drug in latest draft guidance

“The marketing authorisation for ledipasvir-sofosbuvir recommends treatment for hepatitis C genotypes 1, 3 – in combination with ribavirin – and 4”.

“Genotypes 1 and 3 hepatitis C account for the majority of chronic hepatitis C cases in England (46% and 43%, respectively). Genotype 4 hepatitis C accounts for around 4% of cases”.

“Ledipasvir-sofosbuvir, manufactured by Gilead, is administered orally as a single tablet – with or without ribavirin – and works by inhibiting the replication of the hepatitis C virus. It prevents hepatitis C virus replication by inhibiting the NS5A and NS5B proteins”.


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