Congratulation to people with hepatitis c Your CURED !!

(AP) – 1 day ago 

NEW YORK (AP) — Abbott Laboratories said Monday that its experimental hepatitis C drug regimen cured 99 percent of patients in a midstage study with the most common and hardest-to-treat type of the disease.

Patients who took a three-drug regimen and the drugs Ritonavir and ribavirin had undetectable virus levels after 12 weeks of treatment. The North Chicago, Ill., company says it observed a 93 percent cure rate in a group of patients who were not helped by other treatments.

Patients in the trial had genotype 1 hepatitis C, which is the most common type in the Western world and the hardest to treat. The regimen did not include interferon, a standard component of hepatitis C therapy that causes flu-like side effects that can last for months. The study included 77 patients who hadn't been treated before and 41 patients who were not helped by other treatments.

Abbott shares rose $2.77, or 4 percent, to close at $72.05 Monday. The stock rose to all-time high of $72.10 earlier in the session.

Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. also traded higher on promising data for a hepatitis C regimen. The company said 94 percent of patients who took a combination of three experimental drugs, daclatasvir, asunaprevir, and BMS-791325, were cured in a 12-week study. Those patients did not take interferon or ribavirin.

Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb rose 84 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $33.93.

Hepatitis C is a virus that can lead to life-threatening liver damage and is the main cause of liver transplants in the U.S. Analysts say the market for treatments is potentially lucrative for drugmakers. More people are expected to be diagnosed with the tough-to-treat disease as the baby boomer generation ages.

After a two-decade drought, two new hepatitis C drugs were approved last year: Merck & Co.'s Victrelis and Incivek from Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Both significantly improve the cure rate over what has long been the standard of care, a mix of injections and pills with nasty side effects that takes several months and still doesn't cure many patients.

Citi Investment Research analyst Yaron Werber said the study results were strong, particularly in newly diagnosed patients. However he said the regimen is complicated because it includes five different types of pills, and Ritonavir can cause serious side effects when taken with some other medications. Werber said he believes a regimen being studied by Gilead Sciences Inc. could produce similar cure rates with fewer pills.

Gilead's approach uses two experimental pills, including its drug candidate sofosbuvir, as well as ribavirin.

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  • My brother in law had this treatment and it is so unpleasant that a common side effect is suicide. You think PD drugs have bad side effects, these drugs make your life a living hell. Yes he is free of the virus now but still not in good health and still traumatised by the treatment. But of course they'd rather celebrate the share values rising than admit how intensely gruelling the drug regime is.

  • As with any type of new development, the propaganda is "always" positive. They can't tell the public the truth for fear of negative repercussions that would jeopardize their financial future.

    Sadly monetary value too often has preceded human value....I feel that this is caused by competition between drug companies...Look at saccharine when it first came out. It was perceived as the "wonder sweetener" of the century.....causing it to be "mass consumed", being incorporated in innumerable food items.

    It wasn't until the public's health was "proven" to be medically affected by this chemical, did the warnings appear. Unfortunately this took "much too long" and caused many lives to end prematurely,due to cancer....It's up to people like you to sound the alarm.

    The public, in the past, has been much too "trusting". We didn't read the "small print" on the information slips, packaged with our medications...or listen to the "fast talk" at the end of the advertisements about new pharmaceuticals.

    Now that has all changed. Unfortunately we have been "unknowingly" consuming many of these chemicals in our food and, after many years, are just now feeling the repercussions.

  • Its good news if it really does work but as a 3x 'looser' (9 months each time) my body is shot- regulating my resultig thyriod issues to know whats thyroid or possibly PD-Dont want to discourage anyone from doing treatments for hep c as its taken some friends of mine out - but after being a guinea pig for inteferon -riberviron Im gonna sit this dance out till more info comes in..Fingers crossed- Lord knows we need a break thru- Its like walking round with a possible time bomab in your blood....

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