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Vertex up on hepatitis deals

Vertex’s new headquarters, under construction in South Boston.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Vertex’s new headquarters, under construction in South Boston.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it has entered into deals with GlaxoSmithKline and Janssen Pharmaceuticals to work on potential treatments for hepatitis C. Cambridge-based Vertex already has a hepatitis C drug on the market called Incivek. The separate studies with the British drug company and Janssen, unit of Johnson & Johnson, call for VX-135, another Vertex hepatitis C drug candidate, to be tested in combinations with pills made by those firms. Those studies are scheduled to start early next year.

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