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Mylan to produce generic hepatitis therapy for developing countries

30th November 2016

Mylan has signed a drug development deal with the Medicines Patent Pool with the aim of expanding access to chronic hepatitis C medicines in developing countries.

Under the terms of the deal, Mylan will produce and market a generic version of the hepatitis drug daclatasvir, originally created by Bristol-Myers Squibb, for distribution in 112 low and middle-income countries.

The tablet-based treatment is designed for use alongside sofosbuvir, with or without ribavirin, for the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 or genotype 3 infections in the US, or for genotypes 1, 3 and 4 in Europe.

With this new license, Mylan will be able to develop fixed-dose combinations that offer the potential to treat all of the six major genotypes of the disease.

Rajiv Malik, Mylan's president, said: "We're committed at Mylan to reducing the burden of hepatitis C on communities around the world by providing access to high-quality medicines that treat the disease."

This comes after the World Health Organization added several new hepatitis C treatments, including daclatasvir, to its essential medicines list, in order to help promote equitable access to innovative medicines.

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