Coviracil (FTC, emtricitabine)
Nov 6, 2002
What can you tell us about Coviracil (FTC, emtricitabine) and its role in treating coinfected people. I know its under FDA approval, when should it be approved, how can I get it now, and are there any clinical trials?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
FTC is quite active against HBV, more so than 3TC. However it is not active against 3TC resistant virus either HIV or HBV. It is given once per day which is an advantage too. It is nearing FDA approval so it is not readily available. You can try the Triangle website or hotline to see if there is a compassionate use protocol near where you live. I would not postpone treatment waiting for FTC. If you need to be treated do it now, 3TC Tenofovir and now adefovir all are very effective against HBV. Good luck! DTD
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