|Pegalated Inteferon Approval Soon? Three questions...
Jan 19, 2001
Three questions regarding Peg Interferon: Do you have any idea when pegalated interferon will be approved by the FDC? I've had a liver biopsy and mildly elevated enzymes. My GI doc has left it up to me as to when to begin therapy. The biopsy results were OK - on as scale of 1 to 10, he would rate my liver about a 3. I tested non-A, non-B about 20 years ago. HCV viral load is about 500.000. HIV <50 and T-cells hovering around 150 on a slow downward trend. The question is should I wait for pegalated interferon's approval? Or should I bite the bullet and start combo therapy now? My hesitation is based on the impression that peg is more easily tolerated in terms of side effects, that once a week injections make it more likely that I'll stick to the schedule and that peg seems more effective. In addtion, I've been offered participation in a three arm study comparing peg with ribavirin, non peg with ribavirin and peg without ribavirin. Being a blinded study, the possiblity of no ribavirin does not seem very attractive to me. Do you have an opinion? Thank you for your help.
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
Actually, the study is a pretty good deal. Peg by itself is pretty good but better with ribavirin. We are expecting approval of the peg first quarter this year. Decision is still yours. I am a big advocate of clinical trials. DTD
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