Vertical transmission of hep B on the way out

Tenofovir in pregnant women with hepatitis B is extremely effective in preventing in utero infection and in combination with vaccination could eradicate the disease altogether, a New Zealand expert says.

Professor Ed Gane, Deputy Director of the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit, was commenting on an Auckland-based study he co-authored in which 50 women with a high load of the hepatitis B virus were given tenofovir to prevent vertical transmission.

Speaking to Gastroenterology Update, Professor Gane said the drug was successful in every case, with no cases of vertical transmission recorded and no