Chronic Hepatitis C | Phase IV Study to Evaluate the Efficacy/Safety to Extend Treatment and High Dose of Ribavirin in co-Infected Patients

Chronic Hepatitis C research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

To compare the sustained virological response (SVR = ribonucleic acid (RNA) - hepatitis C virus (HCV) undetectable at week 24 before end the treatment) in chronic hepatitis C patients genotype 1-4 co-infected with HIV-HCV, treated with Peginterferón alfa-2a (40 KD) 180 µg/week and Ribavirin (2000 mg/day during 4 weeks, follow of 1000-1200 mg/day, according to body weight); versus Peginterferón alfa-2a (40 KD) 180 μg/week and Ribavirin (1000-1200 mg/day, according to body weight). To evaluate the impact to extend the treatment with Peginterferon alfa-2a and Ribavirin to week 72, in SVR of these patients with genotypes 1-4 without rapid virological response (RVR = RNA - HCV undetectable at 4 week).

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Male and female patients > 18 years of age - Serologic evidence of anti-HCV - Detectable plasma HCV-RNA - Serologic evidence of HIV-1 infection - CD4 cell count >/= 250 cell/mm3 - Stable status of HIV-1 infection in the opinion of the investigator - Patients on stable antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for at least 6 weeks prior to baseline whose HAART regimen (drugs and dosage) is expected to remain unaltered for the first 6 weeks of this study - Patients who have not been on HAART for at least 6 weeks prior to randomization who are willing to delay initiation of HAART therapy for at least 6 weeks - Negative urine or blood pregnancy test (for women of childbearing potential) documented within the 24-hour period prior to the first dose of study drug - Willingness to give written informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - Women with ongoing pregnancy or breast feeding - Male partners of women who are pregnant - IFN/ribavirin therapy at any previous time - Child Pugh > 6 (Child Pugh B or C) - History or conditions consistent with decompensated liver disease - Any investigational drug 6 weeks prior to the first dose of study drug (expanded access programs for HIV treatment are allowed) - Patients treated with didanosine and/or zidovudine - Positive test at anti-HAV IgM Ab, HBsAg, anti-HBc IgM Ab, HBeAg - History or other evidence of a medical condition associated with chronic liver disease other than HCV - Hepatocarcinoma observed in the liver ecography - Serum concentrations of ceruloplasmin or alfa1-antitrypsin at screening consistent with an increased risk of metabolic liver disease - Active HIV-related opportunistic infection and/or malignancy requiring acute systemic therapy - Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) < 1500 cells/mm3 - Hgb < 11 g/dL in women or 12 g/dL in men or any patient for whom anemia would be medically problematic - Hemoglobinopathy or any other cause of or tendency for hemolysis - Platelet count < 50,000 cells/mm3 - History of G-CSF, GM-CSF or epo treatment during 3 months prior to the first dose of study drug - Serum creatinine level > 1.5 times the upper limit of normal at screening - History of severe psychiatric disease, especially depression - History of a severe seizure disorder or current anticonvulsant use - History of immunologically mediated disease - History or other evidence of chronic pulmonary disease associated with functional limitation - History of significant cardiac disease that could be worsened by acute anemia - History of thyroid disease poorly controlled on prescribed medications - Evidence of severe retinopathy - History of major organ transplantation with an existing functional graft - History or other evidence of severe illness, malignancy or any other conditions which would make the patient, in the opinion of the investigator, unsuitable for the study - History of any systemic anti-neoplastic or immunomodulatory treatment 6 months prior to the first dose of study drug or the expectation that such treatment will be needed at any time during the study - Concomitant medication with rifampin/rifampicin, rifabutin, pyrazinamide, isoniazid, gancyclovir, thalidomide, oxymetholone, immunomodulatory treatments and systemic antiviral agents as adjuvant therapy for CHC - Drug use within 6 months of 1st dose and excessive alcohol consumption

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Chronic Hepatitis C

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Drug:ribavirin2000 mg/day

Drug:ribavirin1000-1200 mg/day

Drug:Peginterferon alfa-2aPeginterferon alfa-2a 180 mcg/week

Drug:epoetin betaepoetin beta 450 UI/week

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

1Peginterferon alfa-2a 180 mcg/week + ribavirin 2000 mg/day + epoetin beta 450 UI/week

2Peginterferon alfa-2a 180 mcg/week + ribavirin 1000-1200 mg/day

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: June 2007

Completed Date: February 2010

Phase: Phase 4

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: % patients with RNA-HCV < 50 UI/ml

Secondary Outcome: % patients with RNA-HCV < 50 UI/ml

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Vicente Soriano, Dr

Lead Sponsor: Hospital Carlos III, Madrid


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