Tuesday, August 6, 2013

HBV frequently undiagnosed, undertreated in Mexico, South American countries

Patients with hepatitis B in two South American countries and Mexico often go undiagnosed, are frequently undertreated, and usually rely on government assistance to afford medication, according to a recent report by Decision Resources.

Approximately 60% of 146 surveyed specialists, including gastroenterologists, hepatologists and specialists in infectious disease and internal medicine, indicated an increasing number of patients with newly diagnosed HBV during the previous 2 years. Many doctors also indicated, however, that most HBV cases within Brazil, Argentina and Mexico go undiagnosed, and many diagnosed patients do not receive adequate treatment.

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