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2bnlitend posted:
Dr Palmer

The FDA has recently approved fast-track status for Inhibitex's INX-189. If you had to guess or for that matter had good information available to you of this new drug, what would be an estimated time frame in which we could expect to this treatment option to be available in the marketplace?

Personally, I am not a good candidate for interferon, have great hepatic panel numbers after 20+ years of possible infection, am infected with genotype 1a, and have evidence of mild fibrosis. With that said, I am so anxiously awaiting this drug to treat infections of those like me.


Melissa Palmer, MD responded:
While the preliminary results of this drug look good, Phase 1b trials are not yet completed. Usually from a Phase 1b to FDA approval, even when fast-tracked, takes a minimum of 5-10 years, and very few drugs make it to approval.
billm57 responded:
there is also a drug combo without inf / riba in phase 1 or 2 by pharmasset

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