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In largest U.S. Hep C trial, researchers determine weight-based dosing is key to optimal treatment
Date:12/27/2007

Center of Liver Disease and Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Jacobson is also medical director of the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C in New York City, a unique interdisciplinary Center established jointly by The Rockefeller University, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Weill Cornell Medical College. He serves as a consultant, investigator and speaker for Schering-Plough.

WIN-R Study
WIN-R (Weight-Based Dosing of PEG-INTRON and REBETOL) is a community-based access trial involving more than 5,000 patients at 225 centers across the U.S.

The uniquely large database of the WIN-R study allowed investigators to address other questions of interest, which have been presented at international meetings, including analyses of the response to HCV therapy based on age, baseline viral load, degree of liver fibrosis (scarring), and the study site at which the medication was delivered.

WIN-R is an investigator-initiated clinical study supported by Schering-Plough Corporation and monitored by Schering-Plough Research Institute as part of a post-marketing commitment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). PEG-INTRON and REBETOL are registered trademarks of Schering-Plough.

Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in America. It affects approximately 4 million people, or about one in every 50 adults, including a disproportionately high percentage of African-Americans. Chronic hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. It has been estimated that at least 20 percent of patients with chronic hepatitis C develop cirrhosis, and a smaller percentage of patients with chronic disease develop liver cancer. Patients with chronic hepatitis C and related cirrhosis are 100 times more likely to develop liver cancer than uninfected persons. About half of all cases of primary liver cancer in the developed world are caused by hepatitis C, and hepa
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