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Treatment for hep c.. viraferonpeg or pegasys?

Hi all,

I found out in April that I was hep c positive - genotype 3..

I'm due to start treatment on the 30th of this month, I got asked if I would rather use the viraferonpeg or the needle ( i think it's called pegasys)  

Has anyone got any idea what you think I should go for or are they much n such the same?

Thanks,

Kyz

26yo female, uk
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87972 tn?1322661239
Hi there,

It appears Viraferonpeg is marketed in the U.S. as Pegintron; that’s why your not getting too many responses to your query.

These two drugs are very similar in their SVR (sustained viral response) rates; there have been numerous trials that have explored the differences, the largest one was sponsored by Schering-Plough, a comparison called the IDEAL study. Here is a list of links that discuss this issue if you want to read through:

http://tinyurl.com/247u2ru

From personal experience I used both, and was successful the second time with the Pegintron (Viraferonpeg). Although, keep in mind other patients in here have reported fewer/less debilitating side effects with the Pegasys. Nothing with this disease comes easy, I'm afraid...

Best of luck to you,

Bill
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scherings pegintron was bought out some months ago - i thought i heard pegasys was also - merck took over production of one of them
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thanks all... viraferonpeg is like a big pen sort of.. its got powder and solution in it..

got a call from specialist today n I've decided to go for the pegasys (needle) x
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96938 tn?1189799858
Based on what I've read it looks like viraferonpeg is an alpha 2b pegylated interferon.  Further, it looks the same as what's more commonly referred to as Pegintron Redipen.

If that's true I'd prefer the Pegasys.  I've used both,
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1225178 tn?1318980604
I never heard of viraferonpeg. I'm on Pegasys.

I figured I'd answer so that your post would get bumped back to the top so somebody who knows what this is might see it.

Diane
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