Landmark study links DAAs to better survival in hep C patients

The results counter an inflammatory Cochrane review that questioned the drugs, say gastroenterologists

The first prospective longitudinal study of outcomes from treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) suggests the drugs could halve mortality rates among patients with hepatitis C.

Professor Greg Dore
Professor Greg Dore.

The five-year French study of almost 10,000 patients, published in the Lancet, shows that patients who received DAAs had a 52% lower risk of death compared with untreated patients at any time during the follow-up of nearly three years.

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