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Telaprevir (Incivek)

Also known as Incivek

Telaprevir (VX-950), marketed under the brand names Incivek and Incivo, is a pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of hepatitis C co-developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson. It is a member of a class of antiviral drugs known as protease inhibitors. Specifically, telaprevir inhibits the hepatitis C viral enzyme NS3.4A serine protease. Telaprevir is only indicated for use against hepatitis c genotype 1 viral infections and hasn´t been proven to have an effect on or being safe when used for other genotypes of the virus. The standard therapy of pegylated interferon and ribavirin is less effective on genotype 1 and telaprevir offers a welcome addition to the treatment of this genotype.

Source: Wikipedia

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed telaprevir to treat rabies, blastomycosis, west nile virus, and pick disease.

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