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Daclatasvir + Asunaprevir Is Highly Effective Against Hepatitis C Genotype 1b

An all-oral combination of daclatasvir plus asunaprevir, without pegylated interferon or ribavirin, cured 87% of genotype 1b patients who were ineligible for or could not tolerate interferon and 81% of prior non-responders in a Japanese study published in the June 2014 edition of Hepatology.

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HCV Drug Development: Merck Acquires Idenix, FDA Lifts Sovaprevir Hold

Merck this week announced that it will purchase Idenix, a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing several hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug candidates. In related news, Achillion announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted a clinical hold on one of its drugs and a clinical trial of another is now underway.

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DDW 2014: Some Negative Predictive Factors Do Not Impair Response to Faldaprevir

Some factors traditionally associated with poorer response to interferon-based therapy for hepatitis C played little role in clinical trials of the HCV protease inhibitor faldaprevir, according to several studies presented at Digestive Disease Week this month in Chicago. HCV subtype 1a and prior treatment did not significantly worsen response, while HIV/HCV coinfection may be associated with better response.

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Hepatitis C Cascade Studies Show Gaps in Testing and Treatment

About half of people with hepatitis C are aware of their infection but less than 10% have been successfully treated and achieved sustained virological response, according to a meta-analysis presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014). A related study found that among HIV/HCV coinfected people, 40% had been referred to hepatitis C care but only 4% were cured.

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DDW 2014: Sustained Response to Interferon Is Durable in Children with Hepatitis C

Children with hepatitis C treated with interferon-based therapy continued to show undetectable HCV viral load up to 7 years after achieving sustained virological response in the PEDS-C trial, researchers reported at Digestive Disease Week this month in Chicago.

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