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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Hepatic Encephalopathy Explored in New Film, Clinical Studies
The documentary, a 30-minute film called “Wrestling the Monster,” follows four patients and their caregivers as they struggle with the effects of HE, a deterioration of brain function that occurs when the liver is no longer able to remove toxic substances from the blood. The film, which is accessible online at www.hesback.com, is co-sponsored by the American Liver Foundation and Salix Pharmaceuticals; Salix markets Xifaxan (rifaximin) for reduction in risk for overt HE recurrence in patients aged 18 years or older. The film does not advertise a specific treatment; instead, it focuses on portraying the tremendous psychological and physical effects of HE.