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October 23, 2013

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Two Hepatitis C drugs the FDA is reviewing have the potential to increase cure rates for the liver virus. Discover more about the experimental medications from Johnson & Johnson and Gilead Sciences, called simeprevir and sofosbuvir.

FDA reviews 2 promising new drugs for hepatitis C

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Doctors may soon have two new drug options for patients with hepatitis C, just as the liver-destroying virus becomes a major public health concern for millions of baby boomers.

The Food and Drug Administration holds a public meeting this week to review two experimental medications from Johnson & Johnson and Gilead Sciences. The new drugs, if approved, could offer a quicker, more effective approach to eliminating hepatitis C, a blood-borne disease blamed for 15,000 deaths in the U.S. this year.

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  • rileyann

    Well isn’t it about time, fellow sufferers? I’ve gone 15 years with the diagnosis, 7 GI docs, 1 Intron A treatment stopped by doc, 1 Interferon treatment I could not tolerate, and an esophageal bleed which almost killed me, NOW the transplant hepatologists tell me early Dec. may not happen, since there will be more trials. I am thankful for the breakthrough for those newly diagnosed, but for the rest of us the emotional tolls have been great, at least in my case.

    • dragongrannie

      What an Understatement. I was diagnosed with Non A/Non B in 1979 and have Never had any treatment….. just placated with the possibility of a drug before it’s too late? Sheesh.. counting my days now~

      • pauloz57

        Take the treatment

  • Ricky

    I too am waiting for a new treatment…got my HEP C in the Military in 1966, diagnosed in 2011 as stage 4 liver disease, tried the interferon with the added 18 pills per day Dr. stopped it due to evil side effects so there might be hope for all of us suffers.

    • tom

      i have recieved it in the military. Could you let me know if you have your va disablity? I so im trying to apply myself and need to know what you did to getyour dis. [email protected].

      • guest

        Hi Tom, my husband Tom is sure he contracted this virus in the military back in the late sixties, Vietnam. He has been on treatment twice with no luck for SVR. He tried applying for VA disability to no avail. Please let me know if you have any luck. Good luck to you!

        • trotter

          Vietnam Vets have a higher than normal incidence of Hepatitis C due to use of common vaccine gun. Many VAs help their vets even to get disability. Get your local newspaper, radio or TV station to tell your story. Contact your governor. Someone will listen to you.
          When we civilians apply for disability, it is very common to be turned down once, twice, then after a yr. or two approved.
          I also am end stage liver disease after 2+ years of treatment. Good luck to all of us.

    • guest

      Ricky, please read my post to Tom below. Thanks and good luck to you!

  • fancy nancy

    I did the trial with Sofosbuvir for 6 months and at 12 weeks out ( after trial ended) I was still virus free. I will find out next month if I am virus free at that point.
    No side effects and feel great!