Safety and Efficacy Study of Interferon Gamma-1b in Hepatitis C Patients With Liver Fibrosis or Cirrhosis
The purpose of this research study is to test the safety and effectiveness of Interferon gamma-1b (IFN-g 1b) injected subcutaneously (under the skin) for the treatment of advanced liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C infections.
IFN-g 1b is not currently approved for the treatment of liver fibrosis.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Multicenter Study of the Safety and Anti-Fibrotic Efficacy of Interferon-Gamma 1b (Actimmune) in Patients With Severe Lever Fibrosis or Compensated Cirrhosis Due to Hepatitis C.|
- Ishak fibrosis score [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2001|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2003|
Drug: interferon gamma-1b
This study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of IFN-g 1b in patients with advanced liver fibrosis and cirrhosis due to hepatitis C. This study will also evaluate whether IFN-g 1b is effective in reducing the amount of fibrosis in the liver.