Outcomes of Rapid Treatment With Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir in Patients With Hepatitis C Virus who use Injectable Drugs
Madison Heck, MPH, CHES
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Among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with a history of injectable drug use, those who underwent rapid treatment with a 7-day course of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir achieved significantly increased cure rates compared with those treated with usual care, according to research presented at IDWeek, held virtually from September 29 to October 3, 2021.
Researchers conducted a study on patients aged 18 to 29 years with HCV who were treatment naïve and had used injectable drugs within the past 30 days. Patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1 fashion to receive either rapid treatment with sofosbuvir-velpatasvir or usual care. In addition to a 7-day course of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir, patients in the rapid treatment group received a same-day medical evaluation, confirmatory and baseline laboratory testing. Patients in the usual care group received same-day HCV confirmation and facilitated referral to a local healthcare provider. The primary endpoint was sustained virologic response at 12 months.
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