Assembly Falls Well Short In Attempt At Finite HBV Therapy
Biotech tried to show that a core inhibitor combined with standard hepatitis B therapy could yield lasting benefit after treatment. Vebicorvir will continue to be studied as a chronic treatment in HBV.
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