Thursday, March 31, 2005

FDA approves New Drug For Hepatitis B

Good news for dentists and patients alike.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, the drug manufacturer said Wednesday.

The drug, entecavir, is taken orally and is designed to work by preventing the virus that causes the illness from reproducing.

The chronic form of hepatitis B can permanently damage the liver and lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Entecavir is made by Bristol-Myers Squibb and will be sold under the trade name Baraclude. The company said it could be available in early April.

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