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  • HIV, HCV and TB Pipeline Report

    Drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, preventive technologies, research towards a cure, and immune-based and gene therapies in development.

    21 July 2014 | Treatment Action Group & i-Base
  • EU nations join forces against 'exorbitant' hepatitis C drug: France

    France said Thursday it has joined forces with 13 other European countries to negotiate a lower price for a promising new hepatitis C drug that has drawn controversy for its astronomical cost.

    10 July 2014 | Medical Xpress
  • Japan Approves First All-Oral, Interferon- and Ribavirin-Free Hepatitis C Treatment, Daklinza® (daclatasvir) and Sunvepra® (asunaprevir) Dual Regimen

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) announced today that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has approved Daklinza® (daclatasvir), a potent, pan-genotypic NS5A replication complex inhibitor (in vitro), and Sunvepra® (asunaprevir), a NS3/4A protease inhibitor.

    08 July 2014 | Bristol-Myers Squibb press release
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Daklinza® (daclatasvir) for Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in the European Union

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion recommending that Daklinza® (daclatasvir), an investigational, potent pan-genotypic NS5A complex inhibitor (in vitro), be granted approval for use in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults.

    30 June 2014 | Bristol-Myers Squibb press release
  • HCV drug out of the running

    The German pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim is stopping development of faldaprevir, its hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug.

    23 June 2014 | MedPage Today
  • A 4-week hep C cure? Bristol to test drugs with Gilead's Sovaldi

    In the race to find a faster cure for hepatitis C, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said it will test its experimental antiviral drug combination with Gilead Sciences Inc's blockbuster drug Sovaldi, hoping to cut treatment time to four weeks.

    23 June 2014 | Reuters
  • UNITED STATES: FDA Approves AbbVie's Hepatitis C Regimen for Priority Review

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted priority review for AbbVie’s experimental all-oral regimen for treating adults infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The drug’s application under priority review means that FDA must evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the AbbVie regimen within six months before letting the manufacturer know whether they may take the product to market. AbbVie’s new regimen consists of an antiviral called ritonavir and a protease inhibitor called ABT-450, combined with an NS5A inhibitor called ombitasvir and the polymerase inhibitor dasabuvir. When taken together, these mechanisms are powerful enough to stop HCV. [Article source:]

    19 June 2014 | CDC
  • AbbVie all-oral hepatitis C therapy gets rapid EU review

    The U.S. drugmaker said on Tuesday the move by the European Medicines Agency meant that, if approved, its regimen could be available in the European Union in the first quarter of 2015. U.S. regulators have also granted the product priority review.

    17 June 2014 | Reuters
  • NICE consults on draft guidance on the drug sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) for treating hepatitis C

    In draft recommendations published today healthcare guidance body NICE is asking Gilead Sciences for more information on its product sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. “The available evidence shows that sofosbuvir is an effective treatment for chronic hepatitis C in certain patients. However, evidence is lacking for some subgroups of patients with chronic hepatitis C, and there are also substantial uncertainties in the evidence base presented by the manufacturer.”

    16 June 2014 | NICE press release
  • Why Merck Just Spent $4 Billion On New Drugs For Hepatitis C

    Perlmutter says that he believes Merck already had the best of two of the three drugs in the needed triple-drug combo: an NS5a inhibitor and a protease inhibitor. He expect that it may be possible to plan a combination trial of Merck’s drugs and Idenix’s lead nuke even before the deal closes.

    09 June 2014 | Forbes
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