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VERTEX (VRTX): At the Finish Line

  Monday, August 09, 2010

When an investigational drug proves it can eradicate a virus we call it a breakthrough. The nearest to approval of the expected breakthroughs is Vertex’ (VRTX) drug telaprevir, a specific hepatitis C virus protease inhibitor. The drug was a blessing for the infected victims who had it in clinical trials. It brought a miracle happy ending to what seemed to be an endless nightmare of acute liver inflammation, chronic liver inflammation, liver cirrhosis, liver transplant and possible liver cancer. We expected telaprevir to be greeted by the government and insurance companies, which spend ton of money on the HCV liver problems where treatments that do not work are, nevertheless, paid for.  More...

INTERMUNE: Pulmonary Fibrosis Drug Will Open the Door to A large Product Pipeline

  Thursday, March 11, 2010
The FDA Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC) voted 9-3 to recommend approval of Esbiet® (pirfenidone) developed by the biotech firm Intermune (ITMN) for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The same drug is approved in Japan for IPF and sold under the trade name Pirespa® by Shionogi in that country. Both Intermune and Shionogi had licensed pirfenidone from Marnac and its co-licensor, KDL GmbH.  More...

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