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A Study of Combination Therapy With PEGASYS (Pegylated Interferon Alfa-2a (40KD)) and Copegus (Ribavirin) in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Genotype 2 or 3 Who Do Not Achieve a Rapid Viral Response

Information source: Hoffmann-La Roche
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Hepatitis C, Chronic

Intervention: peginterferon alfa-2a (Drug); Ribavirin (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Hoffmann-La Roche

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Clinical Trials, Study Director, Affiliation: Hoffmann-La Roche


This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of peginterferon alfa-2a 40KD + ribavirin combination therapy given for 24 weeks versus 48 weeks in patients with chronic hepatitis C, genotype 2/3.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Randomized, Open-label Study of the Effects of 24 vs 48 Weeks of Combination Therapy With PEGASYS (Peginterferon Alfa-2a 40KD) Plus COPEGUS (Ribavirin) on Sustained Virological Response in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C, Genotype 2 or 3 Who do Not Achieve a Rapid Viral Response

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome:

Percentage of Participants With a Sustained Virologic Response 24 Weeks After Scheduled Completion of Treatment

Percentage of Participants With a Sustained Virologic Response 24 Weeks After Actual End of Treatment

Secondary outcome:

Percentage of Participants With Virological Response 72 Weeks After Treatment Initiation

Percentage of Participants With Virological Response at End of Treatment

Percentage of Participants With Virological Relapse

Percentage of Participants With a Sustained Virologic Response 12 Weeks After Actual End of Treatment

Number of Participants With Adverse Events (AEs)

Detailed description: During a pre-study run-in phase patients with chronic hepatitis C genotype 2/3, who had started therapy with PEG-IFN alfa-2a plus ribavirin according to local standard of care and did not achieve a rapid viral response (RVR) (defined as Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA <15 IU/mL at Week 4 of treatment measured with the Roche COBAS AmpliPrep / COBAS TaqMan® HCV Test) were eligible for the study and entered the screening phase between treatment Week 4 and 8 as soon as the result of the Week 4 HCV RNA test was available. Eligible patients entered the study and continued with the dose regimens of PEG-IFN alfa-2a and ribavirin they were taking prior to enrolment into the trial up to Week 24 of treatment. Patients who achieved at least a 2-log10 drop of HCV RNA at Week 12 (as compared to HCV RNA levels prior to treatment initiation) or had HCV RNA <15 IU/mL, and who were still taking study medication at treatment Week 24, were randomized at treatment Week 24 to one of the two study groups. Upon randomization, participants either stopped treatment (equaling 24 weeks of treatment) or continued treatment for another 24 weeks (equaling 48 weeks of treatment). A treatment free follow-up period of 24 weeks (for participants in the 48-week treatment group) or 48 weeks (participants in the 24-week treatment group) completed the study.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- adult patients, >=18 years of age;

- serological evidence of chronic hepatitis C (CHC);

- CHC genotype 2 or 3;

- receiving PEGASYS + Copegus according to local standard of care and no rapid viral

response (RVR);

- compensated liver disease.

Exclusion Criteria:

- pegylated interferon, standard interferon or ribavirin therapy at any time prior to

initiation of current therapy with PEGASYS + Copegus;

- coinfection with hepatitis A or B, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);

- history or other evidence of decompensated liver disease.

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Darlinghurst 2010, Australia

Fremantle 6160, Australia

Melbourne 3186, Australia

Nedlands 6009, Australia

Sydney 2139, Australia

Graz 8036, Austria

Innsbruck 6020, Austria

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Liege 4000, Belgium

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Additional Information

Starting date: June 2008
Last updated: July 15, 2013

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