New weapon fights hepatitis C

Experimental drug clears hurdle on its way to joining standard drug combinations

By Nathan Seppa, 16:55 PM April 29, 2009

Ten years ago, John McHutchison never used the word “cure” when discussing hepatitis C with his patients. But the results seen from drugs cleared for use since then — and particularly a new drug now in the final stages of testing — are changing that, says the gastroenterologist from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

“As far as these patients are concerned, they’re pretty much cured,” McHutchison says. “We don’t need to see them anymore.”

The new drug, called telaprevir, works with a standar...

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