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Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 May 2020

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Jairia Dela Cruz, 27 Mar 2020
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Glecaprevir with pibrentasvir effective for genotype 1 HCV

06 Dec 2019

The combination of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (G/P) may be a viable option for patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection who had failed prior treatment with sofosbuvir and a nonstructural protein inhibitor, a new study has shown.

The phase IIIb, open label study included four groups: cirrhotic patients given G/P for 12 (group A; n=78; median age, 62 years; 82 percent male) or 16 (group B; n=49; median age, 62 years; 82 percent male) weeks, and patients with compensated cirrhosis who received G/P with ribavirin for 12 weeks (group C; n=21; median age, 60 years; 76 percent male) or G/P alone for 16 weeks (group D; n=29; median age, 64 years; 79 percent male). The primary outcome was sustained virologic response at 12 weeks (SVR12).

Majority of the participants achieved SVR12 (91.5 percent; n=162). The corresponding rates were 90 percent, 94 percent, 86 percent and 97 percent in groups A, B, C and D, respectively.

Twelve weeks of G/P led to an SVR12 rate of 89 percent, while extending treatment to 16 weeks improved the outcome to 95 percent. Treatment failure was reported in 13 patients with HCV genotype 1a.

G/P was “well tolerated” overall, such that there were no treatment discontinuations due to adverse events (AE) or abnormal laboratory findings. Around two-thirds of the participants experienced side effects, the most common of which were fatigue, nausea and headaches. Twelve serious AEs occurred in eight patients, one of which resulted in death.

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Elaine Soliven, 20 May 2020
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Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 May 2020

The use of a vaginal cleansing intervention prior to Caesarean delivery reduced the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a study presented at ACOG 2020. However, the addition of intravenous (IV) azithromycin prophylaxis had no added impact on SSI rates. 

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Use of antioxidants for treating male factor infertility appears to be of little benefit, improving neither semen parameters nor DNA integrity, according to the results of the Males, Antioxidants and Infertility (MOXI) trial.