It is essential to realize that teleprevir is a first generation Protease Inhibitor. Like the first generation HIV drugs, there have been serious problems, but the newest generation of drugs on the verge of FDA approval are much better. This is why warehousing of patients by medical providers is taking place because they know how much better the next generation of treatments are going to be. There is hope!
Hep C Drug Linked to Fatal Skin Reactions
From medpagetoday.com December 19, 2012 339 1
The oral hepatitis C drug telaprevir (Incivek) will now carry a boxed warning about potentially fatal skin reactions in the wake of multiple deaths, its manufacturer said Wednesday. According to a statement from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, "Fatal cases of serious skin reactions have been reported in patients with progressive rash and systemic symptoms who continued to receive Incivek combination treatment after a serious skin reaction was identified."