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Hepatitis C Space Heats Up

What looked like a two-horse hepatitis C race between Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD  ) and AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV  ) has gotten more interesting, with Merck (NYSE: MRK  ) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY  ) presenting data on their hepatitis C drugs at a scientific meeting earlier this month.

While it's clear Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi combination product will be approved first, closely followed by AbbVie's combo drug, Merck's combination looks just as good and could be on the market in the not-to-distant future if the phase 3 data is as good as the recently presented phase 2 data.

Bristol-Myers Squibb's daclatasvir and asunaprevir are currently under review at the FDA. The pharma is applying for individual approval of the drugs, so daclatasvir -- arguably the more valuable of the two -- could be used in combination with Gilead's Sovaldi, much like Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE: JNJ  ) Olysio is being used right now.

In the video below, senior biotech specialist Brian Orelli and health-care bureau chief Max Macaluso discus the ever-changing state of the hepatitis C space.

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  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2014, at 10:23 AM, Nala wrote:

    The news on Hep C is very old and stale in your video/article.

    Any leading edge articles with breaking news? Just a thought.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2014, at 4:00 AM, roltan wrote:

    I think the writer was a bit rushed to get this piece out. Maybe Brian didn't see the recent earnings release by Gilead. AbbVie earnings call was very interesting.

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Dr. Orelli is a Senior Biotech Specialist. He has written about biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies for The Motley Fool since 2007.

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