Vertex Adds New HepC Drugs for $60M

6/13/11

Cambridge, MA-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX) said today it has agreed to pay $60 million upfront, as much as $715 million in development milestone payments over time, and potentially $750 million in sales milestones, to obtain a worldwide license to a couple new hepatitis C drug candidates from South San Francisco-based Alios Biopharma. The two drugs are nucleoside analogues which Vertex hopes to put into a hepatitis C cocktail regimen that is entirely oral, and would eliminate the standard interferon that causes flu-like symptoms. Vertex won FDA clearance last month for its pioneering new protease inhibitor, telaprevir (Incivek), which raises cure rates to almost 80 percent for hepatitis C patients, but which must be given in tandem with standard interferon.

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  • tjj61

    have 60 days to wait to see if the incivek has helped me this is the first time trying it as i did the standard treatment two times before didnt work geno type 1a