Entecavir: A potent antiviral with minimal long-term resistance in nucleoside-naive chronic hepatitis B patients

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Abstract

Entecavir has demonstrated safety and efficacy in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection. It is the prototype for the cyclopentane class of nucleoside/nucleotide chronic hepatitis B antiviral agents. It has a high potency and, due to its structural formula and mechanism of action, entecavir is associated with emergence of minimal resistance in the long-term treatment of nucleoside-naive patients. Research suggests that long-term treatment may be required for chronic hepatitis B patients, especially those who acquire HBV early in life, to achieve maximum viral suppression and improve outcomes. Several recent studies have evaluated the long-term safety, efficacy and development of resistance in nucleoside-naive patients treated with entecavir. Results indicate that the long-term use of entecavir is well tolerated and associated with continuous clinical improvement-with an increasing number of patients achieving undetectable levels of HBV DNA, HBeAg seroconversion and minimal resistance. These data underscore the position of entecavir for first-line therapy and highlight its role in the long-term treatment of chronic hepatits B.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-579
Number of pages11
JournalExpert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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