Some of our most common chronic illnesses will get fresh therapies
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The era of blockbuster drugs may be fading, but that doesn’t mean medical innovation is dead. Here are treatments coming this year:
A valve that can fix your heart
From Medtronic, this device replaces failing valves that could block blood flow in heart vessels, which would otherwise be fatal in half of patients with the condition. The CoreValve system has been tested in 50,000 patients outside the U.S.
Pills that stop Hep C
The first oral treatments for a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver in 3.2 million Americans, simeprevir and sofosbuvir were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October.