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Hepatitis C Drugs MK-5172, ABT-450 Show Promise for All-Oral Regimens

November 12, 2012

Merck & Co., Gilead Sciences Inc, Abbott Laboratories, and other companies are working to come up with all-oral hepatitis C treatments. So far, standard treatments for hepatitis C include interferon, but interferon can be difficult for patients to tolerate. Merck reports that during a midstage clinical trial of an experimental Merck treatment, the drug, MK-5172, suppressed hepatitis C virus in most patients. The drug study also included the use of injected interferon. MK-5172 appears to be more potent than another Merck drug, Victrelis. Merck plans new studies of MK-5172 as an all-oral hepatitis C treatment without interferon.

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