I just found your wonderful website, and have been reading all of the
previously answered questions. Now I am confused a little..is Rebetron and
Ribavirin not the same thing? Is Peg Interferon and Pegasys not the same
thing? Also...will Pegasys not be bundled with an antivirul, or is the
general consensus that the antiviral that will be bundled with it not as
effective as other antivirils that are available? My husband has HCV, and
has aleady done the interferon with ribavirin, and after an initial somewhat
slow but continuious response, his viral load levels were almost to the
undetectable stage when they suddenly went back up to where they were when
he started the treatement. It had been a year, so his doctor stopped the
treatment. So now we are trying to decide what to do next. His last
treatment was about 2 years ago. Thank you for your time.
--- partial answer from Jules Levin: Rebetron is the brand name for standard
interferon 2-b and ribavirin combination. PegIntron is the name for the
Schering pegylated interferon and Pegasys is the name for the roche
pegylated interferon. Pegasys is expected to be available in the Fall 2002.
At this point we do not know if they will make there own ribavirin available
at that time or later on. But ribavirin is available unbundled from
Schering. If your husband relapsed from standard interferon + ribavirin,
pegylated interferon+ribavirin may be effective.