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Recombinant Human Interferon Alfa

Interferon is a protein made by the immune system, named because it interferes with viral reproduction. In addition, interferon signals the immune system to recognize and respond to microorganisms, including viral and bacterial infections. Infected cells release interferon to trigger the immune response. There are three types of interferon: alfa, beta and gamma. Interferon alfa is used to treat viral hepatitis and some types of cancer.

*generic or biosimilar available

E experimental


DRUG Intron A
GENERIC NAME interferon alfa-2b
COMPANY Merck
DRUG Pegasys
GENERIC NAME Peginterferon alfa-2a
COMPANY Genentech
DRUG Pegasys
GENERIC NAME Peginterferon alfa-2a
COMPANY Genentech, a division of Roche

Last Reviewed: March 4, 2019


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