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Methadone and HCV treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19205145     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Relatively few patients infected with the hepatitis C virus through intravenous drug abuse receive effective antiviral therapy. The aim of this study was to determine if supervised treatment in a drug treatment centre could improve compliance with antiviral therapy. A pilot study of supervised anti-viral treatment in a community non-residential drug treatment facility was conducted. Thirteen patients infected with hepatitis C virus genotype 2 or 3 were identified in a drug treatment clinic. Six patients agreed to treatment. Full treatment course was administered in all 6 with sustained viral response in 5/6. This study demonstrates that effective treatment penetration can be improved for this patient group by shared care with drug treatment services, without the need for significant increases in resources.
P A McCormick; M Keavney; S O'Toole; J Moloney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Letter; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish medical journal     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0332-3102     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Med J     Publication Date:    2008 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-11     Completed Date:  2009-03-05     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430275     Medline TA:  Ir Med J     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  316-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use*
Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
Hepatitis C / drug therapy*,  genetics
Interferon Alfa-2a / therapeutic use*
Interferons / therapeutic use*
Methadone / therapeutic use*
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
Polyethylene Glycols / therapeutic use*
Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Analgesics, Opioid; 0/Antiviral Agents; 0/Polyethylene Glycols; 0/peginterferon alfa-2a; 76-99-3/Methadone; 76543-88-9/Interferon Alfa-2a; 9008-11-1/Interferons

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