Efficacy and Safety of Short Course Therapy With Peginterferon Alpha-2b (PEG-IFN Alfa-2b) and Ribavirin (RBV) for Chronic Hepatitis C (Genotype 4) Participants Achieving a Rapid Virological Response at Week 4 of Treatment (MK-8908B-059) (START 4)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified February 2014 by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01606800
First received: May 24, 2012
Last updated: February 21, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a short course of therapy (24 weeks) versus standard 48 week treatment in previously untreated adult participants with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) genotype 4 infection who achieve rapid virologic response (RVR), defined as HCV ribonucleic acid (RNA) negativity after 4 weeks of treatment.


Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatitis C, Chronic
Drug: PEG-IFN alfa-2b
Drug: ribavirin
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Open Label Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Short Course Therapy (24 Weeks) With Peginterferon Alpha-2b and Ribavirin for Chronic Hepatitis C (Genotype 4) Patients Who Achieve a Rapid Virological Response (HCV -RNA Undetectable at Week 4 of Treatment)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Participants Achieving Sustained Virologic Response (SVR) [ Time Frame: At 24 weeks after the completion of therapy (between Week 48 and Week 72) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: January 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 44 Weeks of PEG-IFN alfa-2b + RBV
Participants achieving RVR at 4 weeks of treatment will receive 44 additional weeks of Peg-IFN Alfa-2b + ribavirin.
Drug: PEG-IFN alfa-2b
Pegylated interferon alfa-2b administered subcutaneously 1.5 mcg/kg/week
Drug: ribavirin
Ribavirin 200 mg capsules administered orally daily based on weight
Experimental: 20 Weeks of PEG-IFN alfa-2b + RBV
Participants achieving RVR at 4 weeks of treatment will receive 20 additional weeks of Peg-IFN Alfa-2b + ribavirin.
Drug: PEG-IFN alfa-2b
Pegylated interferon alfa-2b administered subcutaneously 1.5 mcg/kg/week
Drug: ribavirin
Ribavirin 200 mg capsules administered orally daily based on weight

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participant is ≥40 kg and ≤120 kg weight
  • Participant and participant's partner(s) must each agree to use acceptable methods of contraception for at least 2 weeks prior to Day 1 and continue until at least 6 months after last dose of study medication, or longer if dictated by local regulations.
  • Previously documented CHC genotype 4 infection
  • Liver biopsy or fibrotest and fibroscan with histology consistent with CHC and no other etiology and with hepatic fibrosis scores (F0, F1, F2, F3).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Co-infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus
  • Treatment for hepatitis C with any investigational medication
  • Treatment with any investigational drug within 30 days of the screening visit
  • Evidence of decompensated liver disease including, but not limited to, a history or presence of clinical ascites, bleeding varices, or hepatic encephalopathy
  • Autoimmune hepatitis or a history of autoimmune disease
  • Hepatic fibrosis score F4
  • Severe pre-existing cardiac disease, including unstable or uncontrolled cardiac disease in the previous six months
  • Autoimmune hepatitis or a history of autoimmune disease
  • Thyroid disease uncontrolled with conventional treatment
  • Epilepsy and/or compromised central nervous system (CNS) function
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01606800

Contacts
Contact: Toll Free Number 1-888-577-8839

Locations
Egypt
MSD Scientific Office Recruiting
Cairo, Egypt
Contact: Yehia Nabil    20 2 26145100      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01606800     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 8908B-059
Study First Received: May 24, 2012
Last Updated: February 21, 2014
Health Authority: Egypt: Ministry of Health and Population

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis, Chronic
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C, Chronic
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Interferon Alfa-2a
Interferon-alpha
Interferon Alfa-2b
Ribavirin
Peginterferon alfa-2b
Reaferon
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors

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