Shares of Ligand (NAS: LGND) popped 13% today after its partner GlaxoSmithKline's (NYS: GSK) drug Promacta received an additional indication (an FDA approval) to increase low blood platelet levels in cases of chronic hepatitis C. However, new advances in hepatitis C care are revolutionizing treatment ideas that may take the wind out of Ligand's sails.

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