The Week in Review: October 6 – October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 News Recap: Research & Discoveries After an intense hunt, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) can now describe an important part of the disease's guerrilla tactics: how hepatitis C converts innocent cells into outright virus factories.  How hepatitis C hides in the body. Apparently, liver cancer can be caught at an early stage through a newly developed blood test, improving the odd...

Drug Combo Efficacy Examined for Patients with HCV and Kidney Disease

HealthDay News — For patients with stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, 12 weeks of treatment with glecaprevir and pibrentasvir [Maviret] results in a high rate of sustained virologic response, according to a study published online October 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers found that the sustained virologic response rate was 98%. During treatment, none of the patients had virologic failure, an

The Week in Review: August 11 – August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017 Canada Great news in Canada. Two new drug regimens have been approved:  Vosevi from Gilead is a pangenotypic for retreatment of those who have failed previous DAA therapy Gilead Receives Approval in Canada for VOSEVI™ (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir/Voxilaprevir) for Re-treatment of Certain Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection. And MAVIRET from AbbVie is the first and only 8-week, pan-genotypic treatment for hepatit...

AbbVie’s MAVIRET™ Approved by Health Canada for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in All Major Genotypes

MAVIRET is the first and only 8-week, pan-genotypic treatment for hepatitis C patients without cirrhosis and who are new to treatment*1 The approval is supported by a 97 percent (n=639/657) cure** rate across GT1-6 patients without cirrhosis and who are new to treatment2 MAVIRET is the only pan-genotypic treatment approved for use in patients across all stages of chronic kidney disease MONTREAL, Aug. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a glo...

The Week in Review: June 16 – June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017 News Recap Well if you blinked you didn’t miss it because there was no Weekly Bull last week.  Just felt that it was best not to bother you all for not much. But now we have quite a few items to share. Important Warning: Please please be aware of computer safety.  There are all kinds of viruses out there that will destroy your computer and trash your files and work.  If it happened to banks and even Merck it can happen to you...

CHMP Backs Two Pan-Genotypic Antivirals for Hep C

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of two new drugs, Maviret and Vosevi, for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults. Maviret (AbbVie Ltd), administered once daily as three oral tablets, contains the NS3/4A protease inhibitor glecaprevir (100 mg) and the NS5A inhibitor pibrentasvir (40 mg). Vosevi (Gilead Sciences) is a once-daily single