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Gilead Announces Generic Licensing Agreements for Hepatitis C Drug Sofosbuvir

Gilead Sciences announced this week that it has granted a license to 7 generic drug companies in India to produce cheaper versions of its groundbreaking hepatitis C polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and its forthcoming sofosbuvir/ledipasvir coformulation for use in more than 90 developing countries.

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Community Leaders, HIV Doctors Oppose Hepatitis C Treatment Barriers

A coalition of hepatitis C advocacy organizations and medical providers has issued an open letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services calling for an end to restrictions on access to hepatitis C treatment by private insurers and public payers seeking to avoid the cost of newly approved direct-acting antivirals. HIV medical providers also called for reducing barriers to treatment, including restrictions on which medical specialists may treat people with hepatitis C.

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EASL 2014: European Liver Specialists Recommend Use of Newest Hepatitis C Drugs

The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has issued new guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C, which recommend that wherever possible, patients should be treated with the newest direct-acting antivirals. The guidelines also recommend physicians should "mix and match" antivirals from different companies to get the most potent regimens.

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EASL 2014: Idenix Hepatitis C Drugs Look Promising in Early Studies

Idenix Pharmaceuticals' hepatitis C virus NS5A inhibitor samatasvir (formerly IDX179) plus Janssen's HCV protease inhibitor simeprevir (Olysio) and ribavirin produced early sustained virological response rates of about 80% in a small study presented at the 49th EASL International Liver Congress last month in London. Another study showed that the company's HCV polymerase inhibitor candidate IDX21437 looks good in preclinical studies and is a potential once-daily partner for samatasvir in interferon-free regimens.

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EASL 2014: WHO Recommends Global Use of Newest Hepatitis C Drugs, Urges Price Reductions

The World Health Organization has issued global treatment guidelines for hepatitis C, strongly recommending the use of the new direct-acting antivirals sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) with ribavirin for HCV genotypes 1, 2, 3, and 4, or simeprevir (Olysio) with pegylated interferon interferon and ribavirin for genotype 1 infection. The WHO guidelines were released to coincide with the 49th International Liver Congress this week in London. New guidelines from the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) will be released on Saturday.

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