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Merck Unveils Interim Phase II Results
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:46 PM
Joined: 2/20/2013
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"Merck may be late to the blockbuster party with its new hepatitis C drugs, but the pharma giant is moving fast with a top contender boasting high cure rates.

Merck unveiled interim Phase II results for an oral combination of MK-5172, its NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and MK-8742, an NS5A, among patients with chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. After 12 weeks of therapy 42 of 43 patients--98%--demonstrated a sustained viral response. The combination plus ribavirin hit a 94% cure rate. And the drugs did it without any injections of interferon, which is widely hated by patients."

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