|Titolo:||Interferon beta-1a alone or in combination with ribavirin: A randomized trial to compare efficacy and safety in chronic hepatitis C|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Abstract:||AIM: To compare the efficacy and safety of recombinant human IFN beta-1a alone or in combination with ribavirin in treatment-naive subjects with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS: Open, randomized trial was performed in 6 Italian tertiary centers: 102 of the 108 patients screened were randomized to receive 6 MIU of recombinant human IFN beta-1a subcutaneously daily for 24 wk, alone (Group 1, n = 51) or in combination with ribavirin 1,000 to 1,200 mg/d (Group 2, n = 51). RESULTS: The end-of-treatment virologic response rate was 29.4% in Group 1 and 41.2% in Group 2 (non-significant). Twenty-four weeks after stopping therapy, sustained virologic response rate was 21.6% in Group 1 and 27.4% in Group 2 (non-significant). All subjects in Group 1 completed treatment, while two subjects in Group 2 stopped therapy due to treatment-related adverse events. CONCLUSION: Recombinant human IFN beta-1a, alone or in combination with ribavirin, has an excellent safety profile and, may represent an alternative for chronic hepatitis C patients who are unable to tolerate pegylated alpha-interferon.|
|Tipologia:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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