Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Management of Hepatitis C in the Older Adult

Buy Article:

$35.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

OBJECTIVE: To provide a review of the epidemiology, clinical presentation, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis C with an emphasis on older adults. DATA SOURCES: PubMed and Google Scholar were searched for relevant literature using a combination of the following terms: hepatitis C, epidemiology, hepatitis C virus (HCV), diagnosis, treatment, direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), and older adults. In addition, websites of the hepatitis C guidelines, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and manufacturers of DAAs were also reviewed for relevant information. (The authors reviewed the literature through May 2019. STUDY SELECTION/DATA EXTRACTION: The key resources reviewed were the CDC website, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases/Infectious Diseases Society of America hepatitis C guidelines, prescribing information of DAAs, and pivotal clinical trials of DAAs.

DATA SYNTHESIS: Hepatitis C disproportionately affects baby boomers and people who inject drugs (PWID). CDC recommends screening adults born from 1945 to 1965 and high-risk patients for the presence of hepatitis C antibody. The goal of therapy is to achieve sustained virologic response, defined as undetectable HCV ribonucleic acid 12 weeks after treatment completion. Treatment for those who are treatment-naive with or without compensated cirrhosis consists of administration of DAAs orally for 8 to 12 weeks. Regimen selection depends on HCV genotype, presence or absence of cirrhosis, comorbid conditions, and concurrent medications. Currently recommended DAAs are highly effective, well tolerated, and can be associated with significant drug interactions particularly in older adults. Access to DAAs remains an obstacle for many patients. CONCLUSION: Hepatitis C is common among baby boomers and PWID. Screening is recommended in these patient populations. Treatment with DAAs is curative and well tolerated.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: DIRECT-ACTING ANTIVIRALS; HEPATITIS C; HEPATITIS C VIRUS; OLDER ADULTS; TREATMENT

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: January 1, 2020

More about this publication?
  • The Senior Care Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Senior Care Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • Information for Advertisers
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more