Archillion Hepatitis Drug Raises Concern over Liver Injuries
As pharmaceutical companies race to get FDA approval on new hepatitis C drugs, a clinical trial hold placed on Archillion's ACH-3102 due to abnormal liver enzyme levels may mark the end of the drug. However, like many companies, Archillion has more hepatitis C drugs in the pipeline.
Archillion Pharmaceutical Clinical Trial Hold
- According to Bloomberg, a hepatitis drug by Archillion Pharmaceutical Inc. (ACH-3102) has been placed on hold by U.S. regulators.
- The hold is in response to reports of elevated enzymes in a trial in which the drug was combined with two medications used in the treatment of HIV.
- Elevated enzymes can represent an irregularity which may result in renal injury or even death.
- Though one clinical trial is on hold, Archillion still has two other hepatitis C drugs in the pipeline.
Market Shares Fall as Clinical Trial is Placed on Hold
- With an estimated market worth of $20 billion, the development of a new hepatitis C drug would mean huge profits for both a pharmaceutical company and that company’s investors.
- Further, with so many companies racing to develop a new hepatitis C drug, a clinical trial hold often spells doom for a potential drug as market shares begin to drop.
- As Archillion’s ACH-3102 was place on hold, the company saw a 25% decline in shares.
- Similarly, Vertex saw a 19% decline with its last hold and Idenix a 30% drop.
Hepatitis C Drugs Currently in Clinical Development
According to HCV Advocates, 12 pharmaceutical companies currently have 28 hepatitis C drugs in clinical trials.
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Bristol Myers-Squibb
- Janssen Pharmaceuticals
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