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Antivirals allow for HCV-infected organs to be transplanted

from Special Pharmacy Times

Patients who received lifesaving kidney transplants from deceased donors infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) were cured after undergoing antiviral drug therapy, findings from a pilot trial conducted at the University of Pennsylvania show. The results may expand the strategies for increasing organs available to the more than 97,000 US patients who are awaiting kidney transplants, according to an April 30 news release from Penn Medicine. Currently, at least 500 kidneys are discarded every year because the donors had HCV. more

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