Impact of ribavirin dose on retreatment of chronic hepatitis C patients

Service d'Hépatologie and INSERM U773-CRB3, Hôpital Beaujon, University Paris-Diderot, 92110 Clichy, France.
World Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 2.37). 06/2012; 18(23):2966-72. DOI: 10.3748/wjg.v18.i23.2966
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To study the efficacy and factors associated with a sustained virological response (SVR) in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) relapsing patients.
Out of 1228 CHC patients treated with pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV), 165 (13%) had a relapse. Among these, 62 patients were retreated with PEG-IFN-α2a or -α2b and RBV. Clinical, biological, virological and histological data were collected. Initial doses and treatment modifications were recorded. The efficacy of retreatment and predictive factors for SVR were analyzed.
An SVR was achieved in 42% of patients. SVR was higher in young (< 50 years) (61%) than old patients (27%) (P = 0.007), and in genotype 2 or 3 (57%) than in genotype 1 or 4 (28%) patients (P = 0.023). Prolonging therapy for at least 24 wk more than the previous course was associated with higher SVR rates (53% vs 28%, P = 0.04). Also, a better SVR rate was observed with RBV dose/body weight > 15.2 mg/kg per day (70% vs 35%, P = 0.04). In logistic regression, predictors of a response were age (P = 0.018), genotype (P = 0.048) and initial RBV dose/body weight (P = 0.022). None of the patients without a complete early virological response achieved an SVR (negative predictive value = 100%).
Retreatment with PEG-IFN/RBV is eff-ective in genotype 2 or 3 relapsers, especially in young patients. A high dose of RBV seems to be important for the retreatment response.

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    ABSTRACT: Great strides have been made in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the past decade. Although there is much focus on the development of new direct-acting antivirals (DAA), interferon and ribavirin remain the backbone of therapy for both acute and chronic HCV infections. While DAA therapy will likely eventually largely replace interferon, in much of the world and for genotype non-1 patients, peginterferon and ribavirin remain first-line therapy. Interferon-based therapy is highly effective in acute HCV with high response rates with short courses of therapy. Unfortunately once infection progresses to chronicity, treatment success rates drop off considerably. The indications, pre-treatment evaluation and efficacy of peginterferon and ribavirin therapy in the treatment of acute and chronic HCV infection are discussed with strategies to improve outcomes and manage adverse events.
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