Efficacy and safety of peginterferon α-2a (40 kD) plus ribavirin among patients with chronic hepatitis C and earlier treatment failure to interferon and ribavirin: An open-label study in central and Eastern Europe

Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University Brno, Brno, Czech Republic.
European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology (Impact Factor: 2.25). 05/2011; 23(5):375-81. DOI: 10.1097/MEG.0b013e3283458407
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To assess the safety and efficacy of 48 weeks of re-treatment with peginterferon α-2a (40 kD) plus ribavirin in previously treated hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 patients.
HCV genotype 1 patients previously treated with conventional interferon with or without ribavirin were assigned to 48 weeks of treatment with peginterferon α-2a (40 kD; 180 μg/week) plus ribavirin (recommended dose: 1000/1200 mg/day) in this open-label trial conducted in central and Eastern Europe. The primary efficacy endpoint was sustained virological response (SVR, HCV RNA <50 IU/ml) after 24 weeks of untreated follow-up. Early virological response (EVR) was defined as an undetectable HCV RNA or at least 2-log drop at week 12.
A total of 154 of the 203 (76%) treatment-experienced genotype 1 patients completed the treatment. Overall, 113 patients (56%) achieved an EVR, 107 (53%) had an end-of-treatment response and 63 patients (31%) achieved an SVR [including 38% (40/105) of those with an earlier breakthrough or relapse and 24% (21/88) of those with earlier nonresponse]. Among patients with an EVR, 47% (53/113) achieved an SVR (positive predictive value=47%), compared with 3% (1/34) of patients without an EVR (negative predictive value=97.1%). Rates of SVR were higher in patients without cirrhosis (54/169, 32%), with a baseline viral load of 800 000 IU/ml or less (29/68, 43%) and younger than 40 years of age (36/77, 47%).
The combination of peginterferon α-2a (40 kD) plus ribavirin produced an overall SVR rate of 31% in difficult-to-treat genotype 1 patients who had not responded to the previous treatment with conventional interferon plus ribavirin.

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    • "Previous studies showed that an EVR can help predict the likelihood of achieving a SVR and the treatment stopping role could be anticipated at week 12.10,18,20,32,33 The current study showed that among patients who achieved an EVR, 68.6% of the patients achieved a SVR compared with only 9.5% of patients who did not achieve an EVR. "
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    ABSTRACT: Pegylated interferon (peginterferon) and ribavirin is the current standard therapy for chronic hepatitis C. The aims of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of peginterferon and ribavirin and to identify predictors of a sustained virological response (SVR) to the retreatment of chronic hepatitis C in Korea. The clinical records of 91 patients with chronic hepatitis C who were retreated with peginterferon and ribavirin were retrospectively analyzed. None of the patients had previously attained a SVR, and the patients were categorized according to their previous responses (nonresponder, relapser, or inadequate treatment) to conventional interferon/ribavirin. The overall SVR rate was 54.9%. Independent predictors of a SVR were genotypes 2 and 3, relapse, an adherence to peginterferon of over 80%, and an early virological response (EVR). For genotype 1 patients, an adherence to peginterferon of over 80% was an independent predictor of a SVR. Peginterferon and ribavirin therapy is effective for the retreatment of Korean chronic hepatitis C patients who have failed interferon/ribavirin, especially in patients with genotypes 2 and 3, relapse, an adherence to peginterferon over 80%, and an EVR. For genotype 1 patients, retreatment was effective in patients with an adherence to peginterferon over 80%.
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