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Hepatitis C Virus KOL Insight: Update Bulletin [May 2017]

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May 2017

This edition presents key opinion leader (KOL) views on recent developments in the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection market. Topics covered include: Medivir AB communicating an update on the results of its triple combination JNJ-4178 (simeprevir/odalasvir/AL-335) in an ongoing Phase II study; AbbVie announcing positive data from two Phase III studies, ENDURANCE-3 and EXPEDITION-1, with its pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P). Merck & Co. announcing positive results from the Phase II C-SURGE study in which MK-3682B, its triple-combination of uprifosbuvir, grazoprevir and rusazvir, which is being investigated in treatment-experienced GT1 patients for whom treatment with approved direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens has previously failed.

Business Questions:

  • Are KOLs impressed by JNJ-4178’s efficacy in treatment-naïve, GT1, non-cirrhotic HCV patients?
  • Will JNJ-4178’s 6-week treatment duration provide it with a competitive edge over competing 8-week HCV regimens?
  • Do KOLs think that JNJ-4178 will prove to be effective in other HCV genotypes?
  • Could the increasing availability of pan-genotypic HCV therapies limit JNJ-4178’s success?
  • How do KOLs view G/P’s pan-genotypic performance in the EXPEDITION-1 and ENDURANCE-3 studies?
  • Do KOLs expect G/P to satisfy any unmet therapeutic needs within the HCV market, such as for GT3 infected or renally-insufficient patients?
  • What role will pricing and marketing play in terms of helping G/P to establish a position within the HCV treatment paradigm?
  • How do KOLs rate MK-3682B’s response rates for treatment-experienced GT1 patients in the Phase II C-SURGE study?
  • Is MK-3682B destined to become a salvage therapy for DAA-experienced HCV patients?
  • How large is the patient pool for MK-3682B likely to be given the high success rates achieved by DAA regimens for treating HCV?

Update Bulletins include expert insight and analysis based on FirstWord analyst re-engagement with KOLs after major events such as product approvals, key data releases and major conferences to deliver the most valuable insights with each update.


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