Boceprevir Receives FDA Approval: A You Tube Video
A You Tube video of the announcement by Dr. Joe Galati is posted, discussing how Liver Specialists of Texas will evaluate and treat both new and old patients with Boceprevir.
After years of research, and great anticipation by patients and physicians involved in the care of patients with hepatitis C, Boceprevier was finially approved yesterday.
Yesterday was a very important day for those of us involved in the care of patients with hepatitis C, as well as the millions of individuals affected by it. I received word yesterday afternoon that the FDA has approved boceprevir for the treatment of G1 CHC in previously untreated patients and patients who have failed previous interferon and ribavirin therapy. Boceprevir is the first in class direct acting antiviral to be FDA approved for CHC. Manufactured by Merck pharmaceutical company, the new drug will be commercially available by the name VICTRELIS.
It is expected that VICTRELIS will be available in your local pharmacy very soon.
Keep in mind these new protease inhibitors are given in combination with interferon and ribavirin.
For the first time in nearly 10 years, we have a new drug to treat and cure those with hepatitis C. The clinical research leading up to its approval is stunning, with the highest success rates ever seen in hepatitis C. This is truly a landmark breakthrough in medicine. For those waiting for “the new drugs to treat hepatitis C”, you day has come.
For those patients of ours at Liver Specialists of Texas, I anticipate to be hearing from all of you very soon. It will take time to get all of you scheduled and seen by our hepatitis C treatment team. Call our office to get the ball rolling, and in the meantime, I’d ask that you do the following:
Make sure you have all of your old records related to past hepatitis C treatments. It is important to see how you responded previously, and what special attention you may need as we re-treat you.
If you have had a prior liver biopsy, an outside facility, do your best to get a copy of the report.
When you call the office, we need to know if you have been treated in the past, or naïve (never treated) for hepatitis C.
If you have been treated, we’d like to know your past response to therapy.
Were you a null responder, non-responder, or a responder relapser. Again, this will help tailor how you will be treated.
When speaking with our staff, let us know if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or received a prior liver or kidney transplant. The more information we have about you, the better we can care for you.
In the next few days, we will have posted on the web a hepatitis C questionnaire, dealing with some of these issues just mentioned. All of are looking forward to an orderly evaluation process for our patients.
If you are going to be new to our practice, additional intake information will be needed and forwarded to you.
All of us at Liver Specialists of Texas are very happy with these developments, and we look forward to caring for you.
Visit our website often as new information will be posted daily.
Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.
The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.
Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.
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There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.
Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process.
The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.
To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.