The World Health Organization has issued guidelines for the first time for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection, according to a news release from the organization.
“Deciding who needs treatment for hepatitis B depends on a number of factors,” Stefan Wiktor, MD, leader of the WHO’s Global Hepatitis Program, said in the release. “These new guidelines, which give treatment recommendations that rely on simple, inexpensive tests, will help clinicians make the right decisions.”
The guidelines, entitled “WHO guidelines for the prevention, care and treatment of persons living with chronic hepatitis B infection,” lay out a simplified approach to the care of people living with chronic HBV, particularly in settings with limited resources, according to the release. Important recommendations mentioned in the release include: the use of a few simple non-invasive tests to assess the stage of liver disease to identify who needs treatment; prioritizing treatment for those with cirrhosis; use Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, Gilead Sciences) or Baraclude (entecavir, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries) for the treatment; and monitor patients for early detection of liver cancer to determine if treatment is working and if treatment can be stopped.
For More Information: View the guidelines at http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/hepatitis/hepatitis-b-guidelines/en/