What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver due to the hepatitis B virus. It causes the liver to swell and can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. There may be no symptoms with hepatitis B.

Treatment may not be needed for hepatitis B besides liver monitoring. A liver transplant may be needed if there is liver failure. Chronic hepatitis may require use of antiviral medications. Common drug classes used to treat hepatitis B are hepatitis B NRTIs and interferon alphas. Vaccinations can also be given.

Savings Tips for Hepatitis B

  • FDA Safety Alert: Direct-Acting Antivirals for Hepatitis C

    November 12, 2016

    The FDA has issued a drug safety alert for direct-acting antivirals used to treat Hepatitis C. They warn that using direct-acting antivirals such as Sovaldi, Harvoni, or Zepatier can cause a reactivation of Hepatitis B in patients who have been previously infected with the virus.

    The FDA gained knowledge about the reactivation of hepatitis B occurring from direct-acting antivirals through reported incidents and published literature. See More

  • Quick! You’ve Met Your Deductible, It’s Time to Use Your Benefits

    December 13, 2013

    Our offices are packed with folks “gettin’ things done” before the end of the year because they’ve met their deductible and, well, things are “free” now. Here are the things you can think about cramming in before 2014 starts.

    1. Take a shot! Vaccinations. Make sure your Tdap, Zostavax, Pneumovax, Influenza, Hep A and B vaccines are up to date. Tdap every 10 years, Zostavax just once after the age of 60. See More

  • Recall of Recombivax HB

    July 08, 2013

    The manufacturer of the Recombivax HB vaccine for Hepatitis B has issued a voluntary recall of one lot (lot number J001183) of the vaccine due to the possibility of cracked vials in the lot. The recalled lot was distributed by the manufacturer between March 12, 2013 and May 2, 2013.

    The supply of Recombivax HB will not be affected by the recall, and if you’ve recently received the vaccine, you don’t need to be re-vaccinated—the recall is precautionary, because the sterility of any vaccine in a cracked vial can’t be assured. See More

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Popular Hepatitis B Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
HIV NRTIs 156 See Prices
Hepatitis B NRTIs 183 See Prices
HIV NNRTIs 156 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Hepatitis B Drug Classes

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