April 11, 2014

VIDEO: WHO guidelines focus on low- and middle-income countries

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April 11, 2014

LONDON — Stefan Wiktor, MD, team leader of the WHO Global Hepatitis Program, discussed the new hepatitis C treatment guidelines issued by WHO at the International Liver Congress in London.

Wiktor said the WHO guidelines are different from others being introduced because they focus on low- and middle-income countries.

“In these countries, most people who have hepatitis C are not being treated and in some countries, [patients] are receiving standard interferon, which is really substandard care, in a sense,” Wiktor told Healio.com

The group that convened to establish the guidelines included representatives from low- and middle-income countries, who felt it was important to include recommendations for “all the existing treatments.” The guidelines include recommendations on current treatments and new drug options in the forefront, Wiktor said.

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