New therapeutic strategies in the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection.
J Torresi, SA Locarnini
Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs | Published : 1999
Principally, because of the association of the chronic carrier state with the development of cirrhotic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma, chronic hepatitis B infection is a public health problem of global significance. In the main, therapy for chronic hepatitis B is limited to the use of alpha interferon for a limited number of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers who have chronic hepatitis with active viral replication. The development of antiviral nucleoside analogues for the herpes viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has resulted in the identification of several compounds which also have activity against HBV. Unfortunately, these agents have not been associated wit..View full abstract