Two Promising Drugs for Hepatitis C Arrive in 2011
In 2010, two new drugs to treat hepatitis C (HCV) were submitted to the FDA for approval as well as requests for expedited reviews. The shortened review period has been granted to both telaprevir and boceprevir because they represent a significant improvement over current standard care (interferon + ribavirin). The approvals will hopefully happen by mid-summer.
These new HCV protease inhibitors are promising because the cure rate has shifted from about 40% on standard treatment up to around 75% by adding of one of these drugs. People new to treatment and those who stopped treatment before or whose HCV wasn't cured benefited from these new regimens. What's also encouraging is that treatment can be cut from 48 weeks to 24 for most people.View Full Article
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