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PRAC warns of risk of hepatitis B re-activation with direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C

PRAC warns of risk of hepatitis B re-activation with direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C

Review of liver cancer risk not conclusive and further studies are needed

EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has confirmed that patients treated with medicines known as direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C may be at risk of hepatitis B re-activation. As a result of this review, the PRAC has recommended that, before starting treatment, all patients should be screened for hepatitis B virus; those patients co-infected with hepatitis B and C viruses must then be monitored and managed according to current clinical guidelines.

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PRAC warns of risk of hepatitis B re-activation with direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C

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