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Idenix nucleotide analog fills Merck gap in race for pan-genotype HCV regimen
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Nucleotide arms race
Monday, June 16, 2014
The acquisition of Idenix
Pharmaceuticals Inc. will fill a hole in Merck
& Co. Inc.'s HCV toolbox and give the pharma a chance to develop an
interferon-free regimen that can treat all patients at the same dose regardless
of HCV genotype, HIV co-infection or other co-morbidities.
The $3.9 billion acquisition will put Merck in second place
Sciences Inc. in the race to develop a pan-genotype regime. But the
pharma thinks its combination will have a shorter duration of therapy than the
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