Will Merck Encroach On Gilead’s Harvoni Territory?

Slingshot Insights recently conducted an interview with Dr. Bruce Bacon, Professor of Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine about the impact that Merck & Co., Inc. MRK 0.71%’s Zepatier will have on the HCV market, particularly when it comes to Gilead Sciences, Inc. GILD 2.28%‘s Harvoni and AbbVie Inc ABBV 0.36%‘s Viekira Pak.

When asked about his impression of Zepatier and its potential impact on the market, Dr. Bacon said he anticipates the drug playing a large role in the future of HCV treatment.

“The cure rates are excellent. It’s basically a genotype 1 and 4 treatment, it’s not for 2’s and 3’s, but we don’t see a lot of 2’s and 3’s, and we see hardly any 5’s and 6’s,” Dr. Bacon explained. “So, it’s pertinent to 80% of the patients that we see.”

When asked about how much market penetration Zepatier will achieve, Dr. Bacon noted…

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