An Investigational Hepatitis C Treatment Shows Promising Results

A new investigational oral treatment cured hepatitis C infection in over 90 % of sufferers with liver cirrhosis and was very well accepted by these sufferers, with respect to an global study that involved scientists from UT Medicine San Antonio and the Texas Liver Institute. Typically, hepatitis C cure rates in sufferers with cirrhosis (liver scarring) have been less than 50 % and the therapy was not safe for many of these sufferers.

Hepatitis C virus is the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver transplants and liver cancer in the US, mentioned Fred Poordad, M.D., led author on the research, which was published Saturday by The New England Journal of Medicine.

Interferon earlier was the only agent to demonstrate effectiveness towards hepatitis C, but sufferers often relapsed and the treatment triggered multiple side effects. The new regimen is interferon-free and comprises of various agents — ombitasvir, ribavirin, ABT-450/ritonavir and dasabuvir.

Twelve weeks following the last dose, no hepatitis C virus was found in the bloodstream of 91.8 % of sufferers who took the tablets for 12 weeks. Among individuals treated for 24 weeks, 95.9 % were virus-free 12 weeks following the end of therapy.

“These are out-of-the-ballpark reaction rates, not on the similar planet as interferon,” Dr. Poordad stated. “The purpose this research is so profound is due to the fact interferon is not accepted nor is it safe in a lot of individuals with cirrhosis. Most of the patients with cirrhosis in this study were not even qualified to be treated with interferon.”

The research analyzed results in 380 sufferers at more than 75 sites, which includes medical centers and hospitals in Germany, Spain ,Canada ,England and the U.S. The biopharmaceutical organization AbbVie  given support.

Researchers are cataloging sufferer blood samples for 3 years after treatment and so far have observed no long-period, late relapses, lead author said. “Individuals with advanced liver disease can now be treated of their hepatitis with a extremely well-tolerated and small regimen,” he added.

The combination drugs regimen is predicted to be on the market as soon as the end of 2014 or very beginning 2015.