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Combined Drug Therapy May Be Required to Treat Hepatitis C

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"If I had this virus, I would try to get rid of it, even if I had very mild disease," he says. "[E]ven if we don't cure [patients,] we give them what we think is a significant advantage. [Treatment] slows down the virus and can even reverse some of the damage done to the liver already." Cox is assistant chief of gastroenterology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

All the experts agree that response rates with currently available medications for the treatment of hepatitis C are not adequate and that the clearest message offered from this study is that more research into the development of new and better therapies is essential.

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