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Treatment of HCV in the Department of Corrections in the Era of Oral Medications.

Treatment of HCV in the Department of Corrections in the Era of Oral Medications.

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Treatment of HCV in the Department of Corrections in the Era of Oral Medications.

J Correct Health Care. 2018 Jan 01;:1078345818762591

Authors: Sterling RK, Cherian R, Lewis S, Genther K, Driscoll C, Martin K, Goode MB, Matherly S, Siddiqui MS, Luketic VA, Stravitz RT, Puri P, Lee H, Smith P, Patel V, Sanyal AJ

Abstract
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) is widely prevalent in the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC). However, sustained virologic response (SVR) with all oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy is unknown. HCV treatment was provided through telemedicine following guidelines of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and Infectious Diseases Society of America. SVR12 in the DOC was compared in two control groups: privately insured and indigent patients receiving care in HCV treatment clinics by the same providers during the same time period. Of 220 DOC patients, 180 were started on therapy (158 genotype [GT] 1, 15 GT2, and 10 GT3). SVR12 data on GT1 patients who received ledipasvir/sofosbuvir with or without ribavirin (RBV) were 96%, similar to our indigent (95%) and private clinic (93%) patients despite differences in age, gender, treatment experience, FIB-4, and use of RBV. Multiple logistic regression of GT1 patients identified lower FIB-4 ( p = .008) and treatment clinic ( p = .01) as independent predictors of SVR12. HCV treatment in the DOC by telemedicine with DAA is not only feasible but has a very high SVR12 similar to published trials.

PMID: 29566611 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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