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Drug shows promise in busting Hepatitis C virus
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Drug shows promise in busting Hepatitis C virus

Feb 19 2013, 5:26am CST | by

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects about 4.1 million people in the United States alone and is the primary cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Current therapy against the infection is not particularly effective.

Washington, Feb 19 — Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects about 4.1 million people in the United States alone and is the primary cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Current therapy...

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Drug shows promise in busting Hepatitis C virus

Feb 19 2013, 5:26am CST | by

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects about 4.1 million people in the United States alone and is the primary cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Current therapy against the infection is not particularly effective.

Washington, Feb 19 — Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects about 4.1 million people in the United States alone and is the primary cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Current therapy against the infection is not particularly effective.

Daclatasvir, a direct acting antiviral (DAA) agent, targets one of the HCV proteins NS5A and causes the fastest viral decline, within 12 hours of treatment ever seen with anti-HCV drugs.

An interdisciplinary effort by mathematical modellers, clinicians and molecular virologists has revealed that daclatasvir has two main modes of action against HCV and also yields a new, more accurate estimate of the HCV half-life, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports.

"Ultimately, our study will help design better DAA drug cocktails to treat HCV," said Loyola University Health System (LUHS) and Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) mathematical modeller Harel Dahari, who co-led the study.

Dahari is one of five members of the Division of Hepatology at Loyola headed by Scott Cotler, who authored the study with Thomas Layden, HCV virologist Susan L. Uprichard and her doctoral graduate student Natasha Sansone, according to a Loyola statement.

"Daclatasvir not only blocks the synthesis of the viral RNA within infected cells but also secretion of infectious virus from the cells," said Dahari.

This prediction was confirmed in Uprichard's lab using cultured liver cells that support the entire life cycle of HCV infection.

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$1K-a-pill hep-C pill isn't the only high-priced drug on the market

Aug 5 2014 3:37pm CDT | Source: Business Journal of Portland

Sovaldi, the $1,000-a-pill hepatitis-C drug, has generated tons of headlines, a Congressional investigation and general outrage about out-of-control drug pricing. But it’s not the only drug these days pushing the limits of public health budgets. I’ve read in recent days about two other expensive therapies used for rare conditions. One, prescribed for multiple sclerosis relapses and a rare kidney disease, is called H.P. Acthar Gel and it ...
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4 weeks ago

Is a $1,000 Pill Really Too Much?

Aug 2 2014 11:30am CDT | Source: NewYorkTimes-Business Day

Critics have raised an outcry over Sovaldi, a hepatitis C drug heralded as a breakthrough but costing $84,000 for a typical pe ...
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Miracle cures spur demand for access to Gilead's $1,000 hepatitis pill

Jul 25 2014 10:10pm CDT | Source: Mercury News

The powerful new hepatitis C drug that sent Gilead Science's sales soaring this year is doing the same for the hopes of mill ...
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5 weeks ago

Trillium Health Holds Free Hepatitis C Clinic on Monroe Avenue

Jul 25 2014 6:49pm CDT | Source: Your News Now - Finger Lakes

Hepatitis C is a serious and potentially deadly disease that disproportionately affects the Afric ...
Source: Your News Now - Finger Lakes   Full article at: Your News Now - Finger Lakes
 

 
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5 weeks ago

Gilead Sciences Crushes Second-Quarter Earnings

Jul 23 2014 7:30pm CDT | Source: Fool.com

Gilead's new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, helps propels a gigantic earnings beat in the second qua ...
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6 weeks ago

Sovaldi—$55 billion headache for states

Jul 17 2014 9:18am CDT | Source: CNBC

States may be on the hook for $55 billion to pay for hepatitis C treatments like Sovaldi, a new st ...
Source: CNBC   Full article at: CNBC
 

 

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