Vertex gets promising Phase II telaprevir data

Telaprevir combined with older anti-viral treatments peginterferon and ribavirin cured 93 percent to 100 percent of patients with hepatitis C genotype 1 after 48 weeks of treatment, according to Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson. The results were unveiled at the European Association for the Study of the Liver in Vienna.

"The majority of genotype 1 patients who undergo their first regimen of pegylated-interferon and ribavirin fail to achieve SVR and are left with few options for subsequent re-treatment of their disease," says Thomas Berg, Medical Development, Hepatology Section, University Clinic, Leipzig, Germany. "Treatment with telaprevir-based regimens in Study 107 resulted in an overall SVR rate of 59 percent across all patients enrolled in the study, with 56 percent of the most difficult-to-treat null responder patients achieving SVR with a 48-week telaprevir-based regimen." Results from a separate Phase III trial of the drug are expected in the third quarter of this year.

- here's Vertex's release
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