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Protease Inhibitors - is there any arm without IFN and/or Riva

Could anyone please tell if there is any arm without IFN and/or Riva ?
Anyone know any forecast when those new drugs will be generally avaliable ?
Thank you,
Jack
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I am not 100% sure about the control arm.  I did participate in two phase 3 trials for peg/riba and interferon/riba before that. Neither trial was a blind trial.  I think the purpose of phase 3 trials is to come up with hard numbers for cure rates.  Since the efficacy has been established in the phase 2 trial, there is no need for a blind.

This is supposition on my part, so don't accept this as fact.
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Hey guy, How confident are you about phase 3 not having a control arm? That would be good news. Haven't you been in a phase 3 in the past? thanks, jerry
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I think the phase 3 trial will be 12 weeks of triple therapy followed by another 12 weeks of just ifn/riba.  Phase 3 trials have no placebo and are not blind.

The best way to get into a trial is to become a patient of a prominent hepatologist at one of the major medical centers.  Let the doctor know you are interested in a trial.  You need to do this quickly, since the trials fill up pretty quickly.

Phase 2 trials are blinded and have placebos. I am in one now, but I am far enough along - 27 weeks - to know that I have the real drugs.  Trials can be difficult: they require many doctor visits, keeping a diary ( a minor pain) but the big problem is they often don't allow rescue drugs.
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Hello, I'm newly diagnosed and being nosey.
How do you get into a trial?  Don't you have a possibility of receiving a placebo - or is that just a blind trial?  
Anyone have extra info on trials, how they work etc that's participated?
Thanks, vlm~..~
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Hi Eric,

How long do u think will be the duration of the therapy in Vertex Phase 3 trial ?
What are the SX in the last trial and how severe are they ?

Thank you,
Jack
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220090 tn?1379167187
So far, there are not test arms without Ifn and the one without Riba is not doing well.  Someday, there will be a cocktail consisting of a few of the new drugs and probably no Ifn and Riba.  My Doc thinks that is 5 - 10 years away before FDA approval is given.

Vertex is planning to start a phase 3 trial early next year.  Unless the FDA bypasses the normal procedure, I think another 18 months beyond the start of the phase 3 trial before FDA approval.

Why don't you try and get into the next trial?
Eric
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