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Multicenter Study Evaluating 12 Versus 24 Weeks Therapy With Peginterferon and Ribavirin for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Genotype 2 or 3

This study has been completed.
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NORDynamIC Study Group Identifier:
First received: September 1, 2005
Last updated: April 4, 2008
Last verified: April 2008
The primary objective of the study is to demonstrate that the efficacy of peginterferon alfa-2a 40KD combination therapy with ribavirin in interferon naïve patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection genotype 2 or 3 given for 12 weeks is non-inferior to 24 weeks.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatitis C Virus
Drug: Peginterferon alfa-2a 40KD and Ribavirin
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Multicenter Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of 12 Weeks Versus 24 Weeks Peginterferon Alfa-2a 40KD Combination Therapy With Ribavirin in Interferon Naïve Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Genotype 2 or 3 Infection

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Further study details as provided by NORDynamIC Study Group:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sustained Viral Response (SVR) rate defined as percentage of patients with non-detectable HCV-RNA as measured by COBAS TaqMan 48™ (<50 IU/mL) at 24 weeks post completion of the 12 or 24 week treatment period.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • ALT measurements at 24 weeks post completion of the 12 or 24 week treatment period.

Enrollment: 392
Study Start Date: April 2004
Study Completion Date: October 2006
Detailed Description:
Primary Objective of the Study: To demonstrate that the efficacy of peginterferon alfa-2a 40KD combination therapy with ribavirin in interferon naïve patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) virus infection genotype 2 or 3 given for 12 weeks is non-inferior to 24 weeks.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female patients ≥18 years of age
  • Serologic evidence of chronic hepatitis C infection by an anti-HCV antibody test
  • Serum HCV-RNA quantifiable at >600 IU/mL by the Roche AMPLICOR HCV MONITOR® Test, v2.0.
  • HCV genotype 2 or 3 infection confirmed within the past 2 years preceding the initiation of test drug dosing.
  • Elevated serum ALT activity documented on at least one occasion within the past 12 months preceding the initiation of test drug dosing.
  • Chronic liver disease consistent with chronic hepatitis C infection on a biopsy (obtained within the past 2 years) as judged by a local pathologist.
  • Compensated liver disease (Child-Pugh Grade A clinical classification)
  • Patients with cirrhosis or transition to cirrhosis must have an abdominal ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI scan without evidence of hepatocellular carcinoma and a serum AFP <100 ng/mL within 2 months of randomization
  • 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
  • All fertile males and females receiving ribavirin must be using effective contraception during treatment and during the 6 months after treatment end

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Women with ongoing pregnancy or breast feeding
  • IFN or ribavirin therapy at any previous time
  • Therapy with any systemic anti-viral, anti-neoplastic or immunomodulatory treatment (including supraphysiologic doses of steroids and radiation) *6 months prior to the first dose of study drug
  • Any investigational drug ≤6 weeks prior to the first dose of study drug.
  • HCV genotype 1, 4, 5 or 6 infection.
  • Positive test at screening for anti-HAV IgM Ab, HBsAg, anti-HBc IgM Ab, anti-HIV Ab
  • Evidence of a medical condition associated with chronic liver disease other than HCV (e.g., hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis, metabolic liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, toxin exposures)
  • History or other evidence of decompensated liver disease
  • Neutrophil count <1500 cells/mm3 or platelet count <90,000 cells/mm3 at screening
  • Serum creatinine level >2 mg/dl (>124 µmol/L) or creatinine clearance <50 ml/minute at screening
  • Severe psychiatric disease, especially depression, as judged by the treating physician.
  • History of a severe seizure disorder or current anticonvulsant use
  • History of immunologically mediated disease, severe chronic pulmonary disease associated with functional limitation, severe cardiac disease, major organ transplantation 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
  • Thyroid dysfunction not adequately controlled (TSH and T4 levels out of normal range)
  • Evidence of severe retinopathy (e.g. CMV retinitis, macula degeneration) or clinically relevant ophthalmological disorder due to diabetes mellitus or hypertension
  • Evidence of drug abuse (including excessive alcohol consumption) in accordance with local therapeutic traditions.
  • Inability or unwillingness to provide informed consent or abide by the requirements of the study
  • Male partners of women who are pregnant
  • Ηemoglobin <11.3 g/dL (<7.0 mmol/L) in women or <12.9 g/dL (<8.0 mmol/L) in men at screening.
  • Any patient with an increased baseline risk for anemia (e.g. thalassemia, spherocytosis, history of GI bleeding, etc) or for whom anemia would be medically problematic
  • Patients with documented or presumed coronary artery disease or cerebrovascular disease should not be enrolled if, in the judgment of the investigator, an acute decrease in hemoglobin by up to 4 g/dL (as may be seen with ribavirin therapy) would not be well-tolerated
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00143000

Göteborg University
Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden, SE-413 45
Sponsors and Collaborators
NORDynamIC Study Group
Principal Investigator: Gunnar Norkrans, Professor Göteborg University
  More Information Identifier: NCT00143000     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Swedish MPA nr. 151:2004/3458
Ethical Committee nr. Ö 763/03
Study First Received: September 1, 2005
Last Updated: April 4, 2008

Keywords provided by NORDynamIC Study Group:
Hepatitis C Virus
Genotype 2
Genotype 3

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Peginterferon alfa-2a
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
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