- Category: HCV Treatment
- Published on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 00:00
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) last week announced that it is halting development of its experimental hepatitis C virus (HCV) nucleotide polymerase inhibitor BMS-986094 to protect patient safety after identification of "serious safety issue" during a Phase 2 study.
BMS acquired the drug -- formerly known as INX-189 -- when it bought Inhibitex, Inc. earlier this year. Further investigation is needed before the company can determine whether testing should resume.
Below is an edited excerpt from a BMS press release describing the change.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Suspends Administration of Study Drug in Clinical Trial of Investigational NS5B Nucleotide for the Treatment of Hepatitis C
Princeton, N.J. -- August 1, 2012 -- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) announced today that the company has suspended study drug administration in an ongoing Phase II study of BMS-986094 (formerly known as INX-189), a nucleotide polymerase (NS5B) inhibitor in development for the treatment of hepatitis C. This voluntary action was taken to protect patient safety based on the emergence of a serious safety issue. The cause of the safety issue and any potential relationship to study drug are unknown at this time.
With patient safety as the priority, the Company is undertaking an immediate assessment of all patients in the study and following an evaluation of the patient data, will take appropriate actions.
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Bristol-Myers Squibb Suspends Administration of Study Drug in Clinical Trial of Investigational NS5B Nucleotide for the Treatment of Hepatitis C. Press release. August 1, 2012.