Press Briefing on New Developments in Hepatitis C Treatment

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. PDT
Where: ACG Press Room (11B), San Diego Convention Center
Dial-ln Teleconference Access: U.S. Only. Toll-free: 1-888-850-4523. Participant code: 424049.
Who: Panelists:
Kris V. Kowdley, M.D., FACG; Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle, WA
Fred Poordad, M.D., Texas Liver Institute, UT San Antonio
Christophe Moreno, Ph.D., Erasme Hospital, Brussels Belgium

Zobair M. Younossi, M.D., FACG, Center for Integrated Research Inova Fairfax Hospital

What: Data on new treatment options and combinations of therapies to treat chronic viral hepatitis C infection will be presented by three research teams who reported on trials of several experimental treatments, including interferon-free drug combinations and direct acting antiviral agents effective against genotypes 2 and 3 of the hepatitis C virus, as well as new agents which have the potential to shorten the duration of therapy. These studies highlight how rapidly medical research is advancing in hepatitis C. The new wave of direct-acting agents has the potential to transform therapy for patients living with hepatitis C, both in terms of their safety and efficacy profiles, and also in terms of the possibility of reducing the duration of, or completely eliminating the need for, interferon injections.


About the American College of Gastroenterology

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