Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Liver Congress/Healio - Three HCV drugs may not be better than two

Expert: Three HCV drugs may not be better than two
AMSTERDAM — The benefits of both double and triple direct-acting antiviral therapy combinations depend on myriad patient and disease factors, according to findings presented at the International Liver Congress.

Pawlotsky ran down a laundry list of agents in the pipeline, including NS5A inhibitors odalasvir (Achillion), pibrentasvir (AbbVie), and ruzasvir (Merck), and NS5B inhibitors AL-335 (Achillion), pibrentasvir (AbbVie) and uprifosbuvir (Merck). Although trials are currently underway, he suggested that ruzasvir has improved on previous compounds. “This drug has a virtually no resistance in vitro,” he said, noting that the resistance barrier was lower than Daklinza (daclatasvir, Bristol-Myers Squibb) or ledipasvir (Gilead). “You can see we’re making progress.”
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