Guidelines Have a Key Role in Driving HCV Elimination by Advocating for Simple HCV Care Pathways

Alessandra Mangia, Anthony P. Albanese, Marc Bourliére, Antonio Craxi, Douglas Dieterich, Sunil Solomon, Kim Vanstraelen, Candido Hernandez, Juan Turnes

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The availability of pangenotypic direct-acting antivirals for treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) has provided an opportunity to simplify patient pathways. Recent clinical practice guidelines have recognised the need for simplification to ensure that elimination of HCV as a public health concern remains a priority. Despite the move towards simplified treatment algorithms, there remains some complexity in the recommendations for the management of genotype 3 patients with compensated cirrhosis. In an era where additional clinical trial data are not anticipated, clinical guidance should consider experience gained in real-world settings. Although more experience is required for some pangenotypic therapeutic options, on the basis of published real-world data, there is already sufficient evidence to consider a simplified approach for genotype 3 patients with compensated cirrhosis. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the need to minimise the need for complex patient pathways and clinical practice guidelines need to continue to evolve in order to ensure that patient outcomes remain optimised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1397-1403
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Elimination
  • Guidelines
  • Hepatitis C
  • Simplification


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