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  65th Annual Meeting of the
American Association for the
Study of Liver Diseases
Boston, MA Nov 7-11 2014
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Janssen at AASLD 2014
  Johnson & Johnson Announces Agreement To Acquire Alios BioPharma's HCV Nukes.....http://www.natap.org/2014/HCV/101514_01.htm
Alios BioPharma Presents Data on its Anti-HCV Nucleotide AL-335 at Special Conference on Hepatitis C.....http://www.natap.org/2014/HCV/101514_02.htm
AASLD/EASL NY HCV Special Conference: Preclinical Characterization of AL-335, a Potent Uridine Based Nucleoside Polymerase Inhibitor for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C - (10/15/14)
OLYSIO® (simeprevir) Gains Additional FDA Approval as Once-Daily, All-Oral Interferon- and Ribavirin-Free Treatment Option in Combination with Sofosbuvir for Adults with Genotype 1 Chronic Hepatitis C Infection - (11/06/14)
http://www.aliosbiopharma.com/news_room/press_releases/alios_biopharma_to_present_preclinical_data_on_its_anti_hcv_nucleotides_al --------------------------------
Janssen Highlights its Hepatitis C Clinical Development Program in Advance of 2014 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Annual Meeting
SOURCE Janssen R&D Ireland
-- Studies focused on patients where there is a high unmet need today or anticipated in the near future --
BOSTON, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen R&D Ireland (Janssen) highlights its hepatitis C (HCV) clinical development program in advance of The Liver Meeting®, the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), being held November 7-11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Given the size, complexity and diversity of the HCV patient population, physicians will continue to need multiple treatment options and combinations in order to offer patients an opportunity for cure into the next decade.
The Janssen HCV clinical development program includes studies that investigate the use of simeprevir in several interferon-free regimens using selected combinations of direct-acting antivirals with different mechanisms of action targeting diverse patient populations. These studies are focused on potentially offering alternative and more immediate treatment options for physicians and patients where there is a high unmet need today or anticipated in the near future. Ongoing clinical studies include:
· Phase 3 OPTIMIST studies examining the safety and efficacy of simeprevir and the nucleotide analog NS5B polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir without interferon or ribavirin for the treatment of chronic HCV infection for treatment-na´ve and treatment-experienced patients with and without cirrhosis.
· Phase 2 IMPACT study evaluating the efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of simeprevir administered once daily in combination with sofosbuvir and the NS5A replication complex inhibitor daclatasvir in treatment-na´ve and treatment-experienced patients with HCV genotype 1 and 4 infection and decompensated liver disease.
With the closing of the acquisition of Alios Biopharma, Inc. earlier today, Janssen now holds a platform of nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitors, the early-clinical stage compounds AL-335 and AL-516.
"Janssen is committed to combating hepatitis C by exploring the potential to bring forth, in a timely manner, an in-house interferon-free combination regimen to make a difference in patients' lives," said Gaston Picchio, Ph.D., Hepatitis disease area leader, Janssen.
About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C, a blood-borne infectious disease of the liver and a leading cause of chronic liver disease, is a major global public health concern. Approximately 170 million people are infected with hepatitis C worldwide and 350,000 people per year die from the disease globally. When left untreated, hepatitis C can cause significant damage to the liver including cirrhosis. Additionally, hepatitis C may increase the risk of developing complications from cirrhosis, which may include liver failure.
About Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
At Janssen, we are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to patients, we develop innovative products, services and healthcare solutions to help people throughout the world. Janssen R&D Ireland is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Please visit http://www.janssenrnd.com for more information.
When taking OLYSIO® in combination with Peg-IFN-alfa and RBV, you should also read those Medication Guides. When taking OLYSIO® in combination with sofosbuvir, you should also read its Patient Information leaflet. Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information for more details.
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