Friday, July 07, 2006

GREAT NEWS for people with Chronic Hepatitis B


On June 28, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the European Commission approved entecavir (Baraclude) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.


Entecavir was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2005. The other agents approved for hepatitis B treatment are lamivudine (3TC, Epivir-HBV), adefovir dipivoxil (Hepsera), and conventional and pegylated interferon alfa.

Entecavir is an oral antiviral agent that blocks HBV replication of detectable HBV DNA. Studies have shown that entecavir supresses HBV replication in patients with both HBeAg-positive and HBeAg-negative hepatitis B, and protects against the HBV that is lamivudine-resistant.

This approval means that other countries will benefit from this drug as well. This will reduce the worldwide disparity of people suffering with chronic hepatitis B and drop it from being the tenth leading cause of death. There is no reason why people should die from Hepatitis B. There is a cure and also prevention mechanisms from vaccination to eliminate spread.

6 Comments:

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Baconboy said...

"The FDA also approved entecavir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults with HIV coinfection. However, entecavir is not active against HIV and is not approved for that purpose."

Haha, so this darn Hepatitus is taken care of, but dammit, I still have HIV!

 
At 8:52 AM, Blogger soukphpb said...

You're silly! Thats the reason it's approved for chronic Hepatitis B. Don't worry, I'm sure with all the money that Bill Gates donated to the HIV/AIDS foundation, there will be a CURE!

So fear no longer, HIV will be destroyed soon.

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger Baconboy said...

Uh, not that I was worried about curing my HIV infection or anything to begin with...

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger soukphpb said...

I sense a little sarcasm! Am I right? or are you being serious? If you are serious than I apologize and hope a cure is on its way for you.

 
At 6:01 AM, Blogger Baconboy said...

That was full-frontal sarcasm, rest assured!

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger soukphpb said...

I feel like I know you SOO WELL. Thanks for the sarcasm and the great article about the man with the missing skull.

 

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