Thrice weekly lymphoblastoid interferon is effective in inhibiting hepatitis B virus replication


Department of Medicine Royal Free Hospital Pond Street Hampstead London NW 3 UK


ABSTRACT— Six patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)-induced liver disease were treated with human lymphoblastoid interferon. Daily, alternate day or thrice weekly regimens were employed in two, one and three patients respectively. Thrice weekly intra-muscular injections of 7.5 to 10 megaunits of interferon/m2 appeared to be as effective as daily injections in producing inhibition of HBV replication, were associated with fewer side effects and could be continued for up to 3 months. The effectiveness of this regimen in producing long-term inhibition of viral replication must now be determined.