In Reply: Dr Zhou and colleagues address several points regarding my Clinical Crossroads article. They are correct in noting an inaccuracy in the article regarding their Cochrane review. The sentence in question should have read, “A Cochrane review of antiviral treatment for preventing PHN reported no benefit of acyclovir for reducing the incidence of PHN; there was insufficient evidence to determine the efficacy of other antivirals.” A correction appears in this issue of JAMA.
Whitley RJ. Postherpetic Neuralgia in Herpes Zoster—Reply. JAMA. 2009;302(17):1862-1863. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1581