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Racing to Shorten Duration of Hep C Treatment

June 24, 2014

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Racing to Shorten Duration of Hep C Treatment

A 4-week hep C cure? Bristol to test drugs with Gilead’s Sovaldi

By Bill Berkrot
NEW YORK Fri Jun 20, 2014

(Reuters) – 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.

Bristol-Myers disclosed plans for the exploratory 30-patient trial testing its three-drug combination with Sovaldi in an interview with Reuters. Eric Hughes, the leader of Bristol’s global hepatitis program, said the details were due to be posted on the clinicaltrials.gov website next week.

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  • Linda Balzano

    My freind too Solvaldi. It almost killed her.

    • jills place

      Linda, what happened if I may ask? What was her combo with Sovaldi? What complications did she have?

      • Trudy

        My husband just finished sovaldi and olysio combo pills for twelve weeks only. After only four weeks his blood work showed undetectable and at end of treatment if still shows undetectable! Has to flow up in 12 weeks and if still undetectable will be considered cured!!! He is 68 years old and went through treatment for lymphoma only about a year and a half ago also, but is doing great! Saw Dr. Paul Martin at university of Miami. Very expensive but they helped us with all cost!!! No side effects except dry skin and some rash from Sun . So there is hope guys!!!

    • Sew Lady

      It probably wasn’t the Solvaldi, but the interferon which is deadly. The interferon almost killed me too.

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