FDA Slams Brakes on Hep-C Drug

It has been a rough five days for Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The FDA placed a partial clinical hold on a key next-generation hepatitis-C drug at the end of last week, and this week's second-quarter earnings were a mixed bag, sending shares lower still.

In this video, health-care analyst David Williamson focuses on VX-135's clinical hold and why investors should be concerned given the drug class' checkered history, but ultimately why it doesn't damage the real reason for owning shares of Vertex.

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  • Report this Comment On August 02, 2013, at 10:16 AM, pspenland wrote:

    david,

    thanks for clarifying the misleading title on your video post.

    but comparing what's been reported by Vertex as reversible elevated liver enzymes (at the 400mg level no less) with serious cardiac events seems to me to be a mistake. particularly, when suitable context is not provided.

    thank you,

    phil penland

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