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    ADHERENCE TO HCV TREATMENT INCREASES CURE RATE
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    Melissa Palmer, MD posted:
    Maximizing sustained virologic response (SVR) rates (an undetectable HCV RNA level 24 weeks after discontinuation of therapy) is the primary goal of therapy for patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). This endpoint depends on numerous factors (Table), and adherence to therapy is one of the few variables that can be influenced by the patient and/or the healthcare team by using a multidisciplinary approach. Despite the known importance of treatment adherence in achieving viral eradication, adherence continues to be suboptimal, a fact underscored in a recent study demonstrating that only approximately 60% of patients with HCV in the United States adhered to prescribed therapy.[1> The dawn of a new era of HCV treatment is upon us with the anticipated approval of 2 novel direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) in the latter half of 2011. The addition of a DAA to the current standard of care regimen (peginterferon and ribavirin) enhances SVR rates and diminishes length of treatment in many patients.[2-5> However, issues of adherence will likely become even more significant, as the incidence of adverse events may rise, dosing schedules will become more complex, dietary requirements may be needed, and pill burden will increase. Furthermore, the lack of adherence to DAAs may select for HCV drug resistance mutations, a potentially serious consequence not present with the current standard of care regimen.
    Table. Factors Affecting SVR Rates
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