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HCV doctors: Anemia, payer preference add to sales decline for Vertex's Incivek
Incivek's anemic sales
Monday, November 12, 2012
Pharmaceuticals Inc. maintains
the reasons behind declining sales of HCV drug Incivek telaprevir are due to
marketwide factors, including a bolus of clinical trials and a wait-and-see
attitude by some physicians. But two doctors contacted by BioCentury said
anemia issues specific to Incivek and payer preferences for a competing drug
also play a role.
Regardless of the reasons,
Incivek's best days could be behind it despite entering the market only 18
months ago. Both Incivek and the competing HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor -
Victrelis boceprevir from Merck
& Co. Inc. - face uncertain
futures as all oral, interferon (IFN)-free regimens are expected to be approved
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