Martin Black, MD; Marion Peters, MD
For two decades, therapy for viral hepatitis has included alpha-interferon, but only this year was the drug licensed for treatment of chronic non-A, non-B hepatitis. The licensing of the drug for use in patients with non-A, non-B hepatitis, rather than only in those with a specific diagnosis of hepatitis C (HCV), reflects both state-of-the-art knowledge of HCV testing with the commercially available test for antibodies to HCV (anti-HCV) (70% to 80% positive in "high-risk" populations; that is, those with risk factors for non-A, non-B hepatitis infection) as well as the possibility that there are "non-A, non-B, non-C" viruses yet to
Black M, Peters M. Alpha-Interferon Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C: Need for
Accurate Diagnosis in Selecting Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;116:86–88. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-1-86
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(1):86-88.
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