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Editor's Note
February 2014

Hepatitis C Treatment: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place but Hoping to Be Rescued Soon

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JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):212. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.12418

Hepatitis C poses a challenging dilemma for physicians and patients. On one hand, as well demonstrated by this article, it is a disease with serious morbidity and mortality. The desire to treat patients to prevent these consequences is great. But, the treatments that we have had available are not very effective in clearing the infection, result in serious adverse effects including making patients feel sick during a prolonged treatment course, and are expensive. For these reasons neither I nor my patients have been very enthusiastic about treatment.

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