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Perspectives on HCV Cure

  • Michael J. SofiaEmail author
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Part of the Topics in Medicinal Chemistry book series (TMC, volume 32)

Abstract

The development of interferon-free cures for hepatitis C has revolutionized the treatment of patients chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. Since 2010, ten new curative regimens have been introduced into clinical practice. These new regimens have delivered cure rates in excess of 95% in as little as 8–10 weeks on therapy. Never before has there been an absolute cure for a chronic viral disease. This medical breakthrough has been made possible by the commitment of scientists and clinicians from both academia and industry working toward a common goal. Because of the availability of these curative regimens, it is now possible to contemplate eliminating HCV as a global public health problem as outlined by the World Health Organization. This perspective will give a brief commentary of the achievements and future possibilities provided by direct-acting antiviral interferon-free HCV cure therapies.

Keywords

HCV cure therapies HCV elimination Hepatitis C Hepatitis C virus Interferon-free HCV therapy WHO HCV elimination program 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest: Author is co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer and shareholder of Arbutus Biopharma, Inc. Author is a consultant for Gilead Sciences, Inc. Author was an employee of Pharmasset Inc. and Gilead Sciences Inc.

Ethical Approval: This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arbutus Biopharma, Inc.WarminsterUSA

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