Background and Aim: The need for all-oral hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatments with higher response rates, improved tolerability, and lower pill burden compared with interferon-inclusive regimen has led to the development of new direct-acting antiviral agents. Ravidasvir (RDV) is a second-generation, pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor with high barrier to resistance. The aim of this phase 2 study (EVEREST study) was to assess the efficacy and safety of interferon-free, 12-week RDV plus ritonavir-boosted danoprevir (DNVr) and ribavirin (RBV) regimen for treatment-naïve Asian HCV genotype 1 (GT1) patients without cirrhosis. Methods: A total of 38 treatment-naïve, non-cirrhotic adult HCV GT1 patients were enrolled in this multicenter, open-label, single-arm phase 2 study (NCT03020095). All patients received a combination of RDV 200 mg once daily (q.d.) plus DNVr 100 mg/100 mg twice daily (b.i.d.) and oral RBV 1000/1200 mg/day (body weight < 75/≥ 75 kg) for 12 weeks. The primary endpoint was the rate of sustained virologic response 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12). Results: Of 38 patients, all (100%) achieved SVR12. During the study, no treatment-related serious adverse events, no patients discontinued treatment due to adverse events, and no deaths were reported. Six of 37 (16%) patients with available sequences had HCV NS5A resistance-associated variants at baseline. All patients (6/6) with baseline NS5A resistance-associated variants achieved SVR12. Conclusions: Twelve-week RDV and DNVr in combination with RBV for 12 weeks achieves the SVR12 rate of 100% in treatment-naïve non-cirrhotic Asian patients with HCV GT1 infection. This interferon-free regimen is also safe and well tolerated.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia)|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1 2018|
- hepatitis C
- interferon free
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