Merck & Co.'s boceprevir appeared to improve viral response in hepatitis C patients when added to the standard combination treatment of pegylated interferon and ribavirin during a company-funded Phase II study. "Boceprevir, in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin, achieves high [virological response] rates with 28 weeks of therapy in most patients, and is safe and effective for use up to 48 weeks in the few patients who benefit from longer duration of therapy," according to the research.

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