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Figure 3: Proposed algorithm for the use of protease inhibitors in treatment-naïve HCV genotype 1 infected patients. Pretreatment assessment should include careful consideration of lifestyle factors, comorbid conditions, potential drug interactions, and assessment for the presence of cirrhosis. In noncirrhotic patients, the presence of factors predictive of a poor response to therapy should be patients with no risk factors for a poor response to therapy; the decision to use a 4-week lead-in with peginterferon and ribavirin and to continue on SOC in those who achieve an RVR should only be taken following careful and balanced discussion with the patient. Excerpted from Ramachandrean et al. [35].