Fleishman-Hillard has been awarded a global brief for Abbott's hepatitis C portfolio following a competitive review held earlier this year.
The Holmes Report revealed that a deal has been struck with the media agency as Abbott seeks to capitalise upon the multibillion-dollar revenue opportunities for its range of new therapies for the liver disease.
This comes at a time when the firm is aiming to develop a number of interferon-free treatments for this condition, which could potentially offer several benefits, including avoidance of the flu-like symptoms often associated with interferon.
Abbott's hepatitis C portfolio is expected to become part of AbbVie, its new standalone pharmaceuticals division that will be launched at the beginning of 2013.
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