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Adding Ribavirin to Harvoni for Hepatitis C Increases Side Effects But Not Efficacy

Combining sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (Harvoni) with ribavirin was associated with a greater likelihood of adverse events and laboratory abnormalities, but did not significantly increase the chances of sustained response for genotype 1 chronic hepatitis patients compared to sofosbuvir/ledipasvir alone, according to an analysis of the Phase 3 ION trials described in the July edition of Hepatology.

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Viekira Pak Regimen Cures 100% of Genotype 1b Hepatitis C Patients with Cirrhosis

All participants in the TURQUOISE-III trial, which enrolled HCV genotype 1b patients with compensated liver cirrhosis, achieved sustained virological response using AbbVie's Viekira Pak or "3D" regimen without ribavirin, according to a company announcement this week.

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DDW 2015: Sofosbuvir/ Ledipasvir Cures Most Hepatitis C Patients with Cirrhosis

Sofosbuvir and ledipasvir -- the drugs in Harvoni -- are well-tolerated and highly effective for genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C patients with compensated cirrhosis, producing an overall cure rate of 96%, according to a pooled analysis of more than 500 participants in Phase 2 and 3 studies, according to a presentation at Digestive Disease Week 2015 this month in Washington, DC.

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Merck Submits Grazoprevir/ Elbasvir for FDA Approval, BMS Gets Breakthrough Status for Daclatasvir

Merck has requested U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its promising grazoprevir/elbasvir coformulation for people with hepatitis C virus genotypes 1, 4, or 6, the company recently announced. In related news, Bristol-Myers Squibb said that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy status for daclatasvir plus sofosbuvir for people with advanced cirrhosis and liver transplant recipients.

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DDW 2015: Sofosbuvir + Daclatasvir for 12 Weeks Cures Most HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients

Nearly all HIV/HCV coinfected patients treated for 12 weeks with an interferon- and ribavirin-free regimen of sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and daclatasvir (Daklinza) achieved sustained virological response, but the cure rate fell to 76% for those treated for only 8 weeks, according to results from the ALLY-2 trial presented at Digestive Disease Week 2015 this month in Washington, DC.

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