11] State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310003, China  Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Hangzhou, China.
2Department of Orthodontics, Affiliated Stomatology Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310006, China.
Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) monotherapy has proven superior antiviral efficacy in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients; however, whether the combination of TDF and emtricitabine (FTC) exerts a significant advantage remains controversial. A meta-analysis was performed to comprehensively compare the therapeutic effects of FTC/TDF combination with TDF alone in CHB patients. Five studies involving 614 patients were identified, and subgroup analysis was performed based on the nucleos(t)ide treatment history. Our results revealed that in patients with nucleos(t)ide-naïve treatment, there were no significant differences between the treatment groups with TDF alone and FTC/TDF combination after 12 and 24 weeks; however, the FTC/TDF combination showed better viral suppression efficacy versus TDF alone after 48 (OR = 2.16, 95% CI = 1.06-4.41, P = 0.03), 96 (OR = 2.76, 95% CI = 1.29-5.92, P = 0.009) and 192 weeks (OR = 2.60, 95% CI = 1.21-5.56, P = 0.01). In patients with nucleos(t)ide treatment history, no differences were noted between the two treatment groups after 12, 24, 48 and 96 weeks. Our results indicated that FTC/TDF combination showed better viral suppression efficacy versus TDF alone in CHB patients with nucleos(t)ide-naïve treatment, while both treatments provided similar viral suppression efficacy in CHB patients with nucleos(t)ide treatment history.