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The Most Epic Drug Failure. Ever.

By Dr. Mercola

Only a week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised all U.S. baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C because it’s suspected that millions may be infected with it, a drug company with a hepatitis C treatment in the pipeline has suddenly abandoned the drug’s trials.

BMS Halts Hep C Drug Work After Patient Dies

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced late Thursday that it's stopping development of an investigational drug for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection after a patient died of heart failure and eight others were hospitalized.

The drug, an HCV nucleotide polymerase inhibitor called BMS-986094, was being tested in a phase II trial when the case of heart failure was identified. The trial was halted earlier this month.

Bristol-Myers Ends a Hepatitis C Project

Bristol-Myers Squibb said Thursday that it was discontinuing development of a hepatitis C drug that it had acquired in a $2.5 billion deal, after nine patients in a clinical trial had to be hospitalized and one of them died.

The company suspended testing of the drug on Aug. 1, after one patient in a midstage clinical trial experienced heart failure. At that time, however, there was still some question of whether the drug, known as BMS-986094, had caused the problem.

But Thursday evening, the company said that initial patient had died and that eight other patients also had to be hospitalized. Two of them remained hospitalized.

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