Oral treatment for hepatitis B gets approval in United States

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1034
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The first oral treatment for hepatitis B infection has just received approval from an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. Lamivudine (Epivir), also known as 3TC, is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor that blocks viral replication and is currently used to combat AIDS.

    Hepatitis B virus infects about 350 million people worldwide. No cure exists, and current strategies rely on vaccination or treatment …

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