What Is INCIVEK?
) is a prescription medication approved to treat chronic hepatitis C
infections. It is always used in combination with two other hepatitis C medications
: peginterferon alfa (Pegasys®
) and ribavirin (Copegus®
). INCIVEK is only approved for use in people who have stable liver problems and have not been treated before or have failed previous treatment.
Who Makes This Medication?
INCIVEK is made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.
How Does INCIVEK Work?
INCIVEK belongs to a group of medications called protease inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the activity of enzymes called proteases. Protease enzymes are used by the hepatitis C virus
to clip long protein strands into shorter, usable strands. The virus then uses these shorter strands to replicate itself (reproduce). By blocking the protease enzyme, INCIVEK prevents the hepatitis C
virus from reproducing.