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Combo Drug Offers New Hope Against Hepatitis C

January 17, 2014

This article was reported by Health Newsline.

Health Newsline reported on a study using a combination of two oral antiviral drugs -- daclatasvir and sofosbuvir -- to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Mark Sulkowski, MD, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Viral Hepatitis, and colleagues conducted a clinical trial to determine safety and efficacy of the combination drug treatment. The drug sofosbuvir (brand name Sovaldi), manufactured by Gilead Sciences, received US Food and Drug Administration approval in December, while daclatasvir is in the approval process.

The participants comprised 211 HCV patients at 18 medical centers in the United States and Puerto Rico. The participants received a daily combination of 60 milligrams of daclatasvir and 400 milligrams of sofosbuvir, with and without ribavirin. At 12 weeks, approximately 98 percent of patients had what doctors call a functional cure -- the treatment eliminated the virus and stopped it from replicating, even in patients who could not take or did not respond to current treatment.

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