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What: Shares of hepatitis-C focused company Achillion Pharmaceuticals
So what: Early-stage data released today suggests Achillion’s ACH-3102, a non-nucleotide, protease-based inhibitor, showed statistically significant mean reduction in hepatitis-C virus levels in patients studied. The data was encouraging enough for the company to move forward with a stage 2a trial for patients with the difficult-to-treat genotype 1b form of the hepatitis-C virus.
Now what: I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but betting on Achillion here is like leaving the baseball game in the third inning because your team is up four to one. There’s still a lot of game left to be played. Achillion still has genotype 1b efficacy and safety issues to overcome, as well as myriad competitors. At the moment, Gilead Sciences
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