Bristol's HCV Bump Catalyzes Strong Quarter, But Not Expected To Last
Daklinza has been part of the standard of care in genotype 3 HCV, but the launch of Gilead's Epclusa and an EU ramp-up of Merck's Zepatier are expected to erode that over time.
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