Pamela Anderson & Hepatitis C: Developing treatments via clinical trials
Pamela Anderson, a former Playboy model and an actress best known for her role in Baywatch, contracted the Hepatitis C virus (Hep C virus) in 2002 from her then husband Tommy Lee, possibly by sharing tattoo needles. Hepatitis C is a viral and potentially fatal disease that leads to liver inflammation and possibly liver cancer.
There is no definitive cure for hepatitis C, although some treatments can prove beneficial for hepatitis C patients. The most common medications are a combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin, an antiviral medication. There are 48 clinical trials currently active to find new treatments and cures for Hepatitis C, including:
- Clinical trial for Rituximab to Treat Hepatitis C-Associated Cryoglobulinemic Vasculitis
- Clinical trial to test Safety and Effectiveness of Treatment With Pioglitazone Prior to Peginterferon and Ribavirin Therapy for Hepatitis C
- Clinical trial for Pioglitazone to Treat Fatty Liver in Patients With HIV and Hepatitis C Infections
- Hepatitis C clinical trial of PSI-7977 and RBV With and Without PEG-IFN in Treatment-Na ve Patients With HCV GT2 or GT3
You can search for clinical trials for new Hepatitis C treatments such as Ribavirin, Telaprevir, Pioglitazone, or by doctors conducting these research studies. Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne disease affecting 300 million people around the world and more than four million people annually in the US – that’s about four times as many people affected by HIV.
Most people suffering from Hepatitis C do not exhibit any symptoms until the liver is permanently scarred by the disease (condition called cirrhosis). For those who do, the common symptoms are loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fatigue, low fever, jaundice, pale stools, dark urine and vomiting. Alcohol abuse and street drugs can aggravate hepatitis C infection.
For those suffering from Hepatitis C, I highly recommend reading an article on one of our Cure Heroes, Dan Ariely, Professor at Duke University and his fight with Hepatitis C.
Despite initial reports that Pamela Anderson may not have more than a few years to live, hepatitis C treatments have helped her recover completely. Pamela has defied the odds, and is now not only a poster girl for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), but has also become the face of a determined Hepatitis C survivor. We admire her strength and resilience to fight this fatal disease!