FDA Approves Second Drug in Two Weeks to Treat Hepatitis C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Foster City, Calif.-based Gilead's Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) to treat chronic Hepatitis C.

Sovaldi treats certain types of Hepatitis C viruses without needing to co-administer interferon, according to the news release.

Sovaldi blocks a protein the Hepatitis C virus uses to duplicate itself. The drug should be used as part of a combination antiviral treatment.

This is the second drug in two weeks the FDA has cleared to treat Hepatitis C. The FDA approved Olysio on Nov. 22.

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