PK/PD and antiviral activity of anti-HCV therapy: is there still a role in the choice of treatment?

Valentina Zuccaro, Andrea Lombardi, Erika Asperges, Paolo Sacchi, Raffaele Bruno

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Abstract

Introduction: Despite the high rate of response, the treatment of special populations, the management of patients with previous failure to direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens, and the development of drug resistance are still a challenge. Moreover, the FDA suggested stopping research on new DAA because of the high efficacy of those already available. Areas covered: Understanding pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic parameters could be a simple and effective way to improve the management of anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of this aspect in order to offer a new insight into treatment choice. Expert opinion: Clinicians should offer an adequate strategy for HCV treatment taking into consideration patient-related factors and by improving their knowledge of the antiviral activity and pharmaceutical ‘forgiveness’ of each DAA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2020

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Keywords

  • antiviral activity
  • direct-acting antivirals
  • HCV infection
  • pharmacodynamic
  • pharmacokinetic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology

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