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  1. FDA Approves Combo Hepatitis C Treatment

    Dec. 22, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new combination treatment for people with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, which can lead to advanced liver disease without treatment. The drug, Viekira Pak, includes a pill containing three antiviral drugs (ombitasvir,

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  2. Drugs Cure Hep C in Most Liver Transplant Patients

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug regimen is producing high cure rates in small groups of liver transplant patients with hepatitis C, researchers report. The study's results are a "landmark achievement," said study first author Dr. Paul Kwo, pro

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  3. Vaccine for Hepatitis C Inches Closer to Reality

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An initial study suggests that a potential vaccine against hepatitis C, a liver disease that affects at least 130 million people worldwide, is safe in people. The newly released findings are good news, said study co-auth

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  4. Hep C Combo Pill May Cure Those Who Can Afford It

    Oct. 10, 2014 -- The FDA on Friday approved the first combination pill to treat hepatitis C. The medication is so powerful it cures the disease for nearly all who take it. The once-daily pill, called Harvoni, is a combination of the already approved drug sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and a new drug called le

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  5. Could Hepatitis C Become Rare Disease in 20 Years?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The once tough-to-treat liver infection hepatitis C could become a rare disease in the United States in the next two decades, a new study estimates. Hepatitis C, a viral infection that harms the liver, is usually passed throug

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  6. $1,000 Pill Now Leading Treatment for Hepatitis C

    July 30, 2014 -- Despite a price tag of $1,000 per pill, and $84,000 for a full course of treatment, the new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has quickly become the therapy of choice for patients infected with the liver-destroying virus, new data shows. Sovaldi, which only became available in December, is t

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  7. HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests. Researchers said doctors could use their findings to improve treatment strat

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  8. High Cost of Hepatitis C Drug Sovaldi Investigated

    July 14, 2014 -- An investigation into the pricing of the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has been launched by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. The drug -- made by Gilead Sciences Inc. -- costs about $1,000 a pill, or about $84,000 for a patient on a standard, 12-week treatment schedule, the Wall Street

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  9. Hepatitis C Infection May Have 'Silver Lining' for Transplant Patients

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The liver-damaging hepatitis C virus may come with an unexpected benefit for patients who need a liver transplant due to the infection, a new European study reports. The virus appears to restrain a dangerous immune sy

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  10. FAQ: The High Cost of Hepatitis C Drugs

    April 14, 2014 -- Last week, the World Health Organization strongly endorsed two new oral drugs that fight hepatitis C, a liver-damaging virus. The WHO recommended that all 150 million people infected worldwide be assessed for these drug treatments. With that endorsement, though, came concern from W

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