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A Treatment Revolution is Underway: All-Oral Therapies Transform Global Hepatitis C Antiviral Market
Date:7/29/2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Drug development for hepatitis C virus (HCV) antivirals has amplified with rising incidence rates and the intense need for curative therapy in the absence of a preventative vaccine. Change is underway as the market moves away from protease inhibitors and interferon regimens towards highly effective, easily-tolerated, interferon-free oral therapies.

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Gilead's mega blockbuster Sovaldi is the first of these novel therapies to launch into the market and is projected to hit close to $10 billion during its first year. Several strong competitors, however, are maneuvering aggressively to narrow the market gap by introducing a HCV antiviral that can outdo Gilead's drug.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's A Product and Pipeline Analysis of the Global Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antiviral Market expects robust demand for HCV antivirals as around 160 million people across the globe are chronically infected with HCV, and at least 350,000 die annually from HC-infected liver diseases such as liver cancer and conditions requiring transplantation. The United States alone accounts for nearly five million of the total HCV-affected population, with the majority being baby boomers entering the 65-plus age bracket.

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"Evidently, chronic infection with HCV remains a serious public health threat," said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Principal Analyst Randy Budros. "Until an efficacious preventative vaccine emerges, the patient strength will remain sizable due to the likelihood of high-risk behaviors from a substantial portion of the population and the emerge
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