Leading Liver and ID Experts to Develop
Hepatitis C Practice Recommendations
Recognizing the rapid
development of hepatitis C medications coupled with increasing numbers of
people being identified with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, the American
Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases
Society of America (IDSA) are collaborating to develop clinical recommendations
for the management of hepatitis C.
New medications approved by the Food
and Drug Administration in recent years have increased HCV cure rates, and
several additional medications are expected to be approved in the next three
to five years. At the same time, new HCV testing guidelines are expected to
increase the number of patients diagnosed with hepatitis C, many of whom
currently are HCV-infected but unaware of their status. Ensuring that patients
receive the new, effective treatment will be critical in increasing cure rates
for hepatitis C. “We can finally say that cure of HCV infection has become a
real possibility for the majority of individuals infected with this deadly
virus,” said Gary Davis, MD, of AASLD.
“Members of AASLD and IDSA are
committed to ensuring that patient care keeps pace with rapidly advancing
science,” said David Relman, MD, president of IDSA. “This effort is an
important step toward advancing that goal and comes at an important time as we
all work to raise awareness of hepatitis virus infections on World Hepatitis
Day on July 28.”
Through this collaboration, the societies will review
current treatment recommendations and use evidence-based, consensus guidance
to develop updated recommendations for managing patients. Recommendations will
be updated regularly and made available online. “A web-based system of new
recommendations coupled with a published annual update will afford the
greatest opportunity for both rapid and comprehensive output,” said Donald M.
Jensen, MD, of AASLD.
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