FDA approves new hepatitis C treatment drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Viekira Pak to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C virus, including those with cirrhosis.

Viekira Pak contains three new drugs — ombitasvir, paritaprevir and dasabuvir — that work together to inhibit the growth of HCV. It also contains ritonavir, a previously approved drug. The efficacy of the drug was evaluated in six clinical trials enrolling 2,308 participants. However, the most common side effects reported by clinical trial participants were feeling tired, itching, feeling weak or lack of energy, nausea and having trouble sleeping.

 

Viekira Pak is marketed by AbbVie.

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