Interferon alpha-2b + ribavirin

Drug Profile

Interferon alpha-2b + ribavirin

Alternative Names: Cotronak + interferon alpha-2b; Rebetol® + Intron A®; Rebetron; Rebetron combination therapy™; Ribavirin/interferon alpha-2b

Latest Information Update: 11 Aug 2015

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At a glance

  • Originator Schering-Plough
  • Developer Merck & Co
  • Class Antivirals; Interferons; Ribonucleosides
  • Mechanism of Action Interferon alpha stimulants; Virus replication inhibitors
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

    Yes - Hepatitis C
  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Hepatitis C

Most Recent Events

  • 25 Oct 2004 The CHMP has recommended extending the use of interferon-α-2b + ribavirin to the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in children over 3 years in the EU
  • 23 Jan 2004 REBETOL® oral solution for use in combination with interferon-α-2b (INTRON® A) injection for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in patients 3 years and older has been launched in the US
  • 17 Nov 2003 IDEC Pharmaceuticals has merged with Biogen to form Biogen Idec
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