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Interferon-free Daclatasvir + Asunaprevir Approved in Japan for Hepatitis C

Bristol-Myers Squibb's all-oral dual regimen of daclatasvir (Daklinza) plus asunaprevir (Sunvepra) has been approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in Japan, where most people are infected with HCV genotype 1b, the company announced this week.

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Survey Finds Most Primary Care Providers Unaware of New Hepatitis C Drugs

Nearly 75% of primary care physicians are unfamiliar with the most recently approved direct-acting antiviral drugs for hepatitis C, and about two-thirds are unaware of even the first-generation antivirals available since 2011, according to a recent survey by Decision Resources Group.

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European Regulators Give Positive Opinion on Daclatasvir for Hepatitis C

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced this week that the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended approval of its hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5A inhibitor daclatasvir, which has been given the brand name Daklinza.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Discontinues Faldaprevir, Halts HCV Drug Development

Boehringer Ingelheim has announced that it will discontinue development of its investigational hepatitis C virus (HCV) protease inhibitor faldaprevir, will withdraw pending approval requests, and will not proceed with further work in this area due to rapid changes in the hepatitis C treatment environment.

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AbbVie's 3D Hepatitis C Combo Gets Priority Review in U.S. and Europe

AbbVie's all-oral 3-drug combination regimen for genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C has been granted priority review status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), putting it on track for approval by the end of the year. In related news, the company announced last week that Marketing Authorization Applications for the 3D regimen have been validated and are under accelerated assessment by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), with a decision expected in early 2015.

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