Treatment of chronic hepatitis B: current challenges and future directions.
Ruth Chin, Stephen Locarnini
Rev Med Virol | Published : 2003
The clinical management of chronic hepatitis B infection has entered a new era with the introduction and widespread use of oral nucleoside analogues such as lamivudine and nucleotides such as adefovir dipivoxil. From this, new challenges have now emerged in terms of preventing antiviral drug resistance, promoting viral clearance and improving long-term survival. For example, the natural history of nucleoside or nucleotide analogue-associated hepatitis B virus resistant mutants has yet to be determined. Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of HBeAg negative disease with its reduced response to current therapies represents an ongoing challenge to attempts to improve standard of care. There i..View full abstract