Hepatitis C Remedies: New Hope on the Horizon?

 

Copywrite 2011, Written by Will Blesch

Some very interesting things are happening when it comes to Hepatitis C Remedies.

Four different, large pharmaceutical companies have paired up to develop new treatments for those suffering from a Hepatitis C infection. All four companies put out press releases just this month, so this is an exciting time for those interested in antiviral research. (Like me.)

According to Hepatitis Central there is now  “a collaboration between pharma giants Bristol-Myers Squibb and Tibotec … to investigate Daclatasvir plus TMC435 against Hepatitis C (HCV)genotype 1.”

Also this month, Canadian pharmaceutical company, Vertex and U.S. biotechnology company, Alios BioPharma teamed up to develop all oral regimens for the treatment of Hepatitis C.

In 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that approximately 170 million people worldwide (17 per cent of the world population) are infected with hepatitis C virus. About 80 % of the newly infected people develop chronic infection.

When someone is diagnosed with a Hepatitis infection, or if they are waiting on a diagnosis, that person may feel very anxious. They may doubt their future, their health, or themselves.

While there is a safe and effective vaccine for Hepatitis B, there remains no cure for Hepatitis C.

Because of health scares and images of patients with extreme tiredness, weakness, loss of appetite, swollen stomachs, and people with bruises all over their yellowed skin…many people with a Hepatitis infection imagine themselves ending up in a hospice or nursing home with no hope, and no future.

This is a subject that is near to me since my ex’s dad actually died of cirrhosis of the liver due to an HCV infection. That’s why I am in full support of biotechnology companies that pursue scientific, Hepatitis C remedies.

Considering the fact that in 2004, the FDA came out with a new category of drugs called “Botanical Drugs,” (a product that is used as a drug and that contains as ingredients vegetable materials, which may include plant materials, algae, macroscopic fungi, or combinations thereof. Botanical drug products may be available as (but are not limited to) solutions (e.g., teas), powders, tablets, capsules, elixirs, topicals, or injectables. – Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) new methods for fighting the Hepatitis virus should be explored.

By that, I mean that drugs that can be described as natural, or deriving from a plant source rather that chemically manufactured, should be researched and examined closely.

I don’t think that any of the above mentioned companies are developing botanical drugs, but I am still intrigued by the fact that these large pharmaceuticals are teaming up the way they are. I just personally wish that more pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies were working towards a natural, yet clinically effective Hepatitis remedy.

I know of only three companies that are working on botanical drugs at the moment. They are: BD Corp (Botanical Drug Corporation), PurGenesis Technology, and polyDNA.

Let’s wait and see what patented products they come out with, and whether any of them will end up FDA approved.

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