Gilead hepatitis C drug highly effective in cirrhosis patients

November 11, 2014 4:29 PM

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(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc on Tuesday said its new Harvoni drug for hepatitis C achieved cure rates of 96 percent to 97 percent in a study of patients who had cirrhosis and had failed to benefit from prior treatments.

The data bolsters the attractiveness of Harvoni, a combination drug that U.S. regulators approved last month and whose $95,000 cost for a course of treatment has raised complaints from insurers and politicians.

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