Byline: Madeleine Brindley
THE first clinical trials on a new drug discovered by scientists at Cardiff University have begun.
The drug, know as INX-189, is c
It is estimated that 170m people worldwide - including up to 14,000 in Wales - have hepatitis C, which can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis and death.
The virus is the leading cause of liver transplants in Western countries.
The current treatment for hepatitis C involves two drugs, ribavirin and interferon, which have to be given as an injection over the course of a year. But the side-effects can be severe and are one of the reasons why only 10% of patients complete the treatment. …