Seattle Children's Plays Role in Hepatitis C Drug Approval for Teens

Seattle Children's Plays Role in Hepatitis C Drug Approval for Teens

Talon Hendrickson-Zimmerman, 11, had a bad reaction to a medication called interferon to treat his hepatitis C, a virus he received from his birth mother which affects between 20,000-40,000 children in the U.S. Dr. Karen Murray, division chief of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology at Seattle Children's, who has cared for Talon since he was a baby, enrolled him in a study which focused on the use of drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni to eliminate the virus in children. It was only 2 weeks into his 12-week trial when his condition began to improve. Now the hepatitis C virus is no longer detectable in Talon’s body. His family is proud to have been a part of a study that will help other children suffering from the virus, potentially saving lives and removing the stigma of having a communicable disease.

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