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Twelve weeks of treatment with two Gilead drugs plus the immune system booster ribavirin yielded an interim cure rate of 100% in treatment-naive hepatitis C patients.
A 12-week regimen consisting of three Abbott drugs plus ribavirin demonstrated a final cure rate of 97% of treatment-naive hepatitis C patients and 93% of "null" responders -- the hardest-to-treat patients because they've failed previous therapy.The score so far: Gilead 100%, Abbott 97%. Close, but Gilead wins, which means shares are likely to move higher when trading opens Monday. The Gilead result is the "best case" scenario, said ISI Group analyst Mark Schoenebaum in an email to clients. In a Monday note to clients, Jefferies analyst Thomas Wei said, "These data make us more confident in Gilead winning a dominant position among
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