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Antiviral Res. 1994 Jul;24(2-3):245-57.

Prospectives on the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C with thymic peptides and antiviral agents.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 48201.


At the present time, interferon is considered the only effective therapeutic approach in the treatment of both chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C. It is clear that the disappointing response rates in both chronic hepatitis B and C place added emphasis on efforts to identify alternative forms of therapy. In addition to the development of other antiviral agents including the nucleoside analogs which might prove more effective and have fewer associated side-effects, other agents currently under investigation include thymic peptides such as thymosin alpha 1. In the future, the therapeutic approach to the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C may consist of combination therapy using perhaps an immune modulator and an antiviral agent or, several antiviral drugs. Alternatively, there is indication that cellular targeting systems with delivery of the toxic material to the specific cell containing the virus may be more effective, while minimizing side-effects. Finally, there are agents such as ursodeoxycholic acid which perhaps, makes bile less toxic and can be used as adjunctive therapy with improvement in liver chemistry values. The treatment of chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C has shifted in emphasis form the concept of treating liver disease towards that of treating viral infections which happen to effect primarily the liver.

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