Inhibition of Disease Progression in Hepatitis C-infected Patients With Compensated Liver Cirrhosis (P03811) (COMPLETED)

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : December 19, 2008
Last Update Posted : March 13, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Brief Summary:
The objective of the study is to evaluate the superiority of treatment with PegIntron and Rebetol over no antiviral therapy (control group) in subjects with chronic hepatitis C and type C compensated cirrhosis. Subjects will be randomized in a ratio of 2:1 (Treatment Arm to Control Arm). Subjects in the Treatment Arm will receive combination therapy with PegIntron and Rebetol for 48 weeks; then will enter a 24-week post-treatment Follow-up. Subjects who have detectable Hepatitis C Virus-RNA at Treatment Week 24 will discontinue treatment and enter Follow-up.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hepatitis C, Chronic Liver Cirrhosis Biological: PegIntron (peginterferon alfa-2b; SCH 54031) Drug: Rebetol (ribavirin; SCH 18908) Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Inhibition of Disease Progression in Hepatitis C-infected Patients With Compensated Liver Cirrhosis
Study Start Date : February 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2006

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment Arm Biological: PegIntron (peginterferon alfa-2b; SCH 54031)
PegIntron administered at a dose of 1.5 ug/kg QW SC for up to 48 weeks
Other Name: SCH 54031
Drug: Rebetol (ribavirin; SCH 18908)
Rebetol administered at a dose of 600, 800, or 1000 mg/day, orally, for up to 48 weeks.
Other Name: SCH 18908
No Intervention: Control Arm

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sustained virologic response rate, defined as the proportion of subjects with undetectable HCV-RNA at 24-week post-treatment follow-up [ Time Frame: Measured at 24 weeks post-treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rate of subject with undetectable HCV-RNA at the end of treatment (or at discontinuation of treatment) [ Time Frame: Measured at the end of treatment (or at discontinuation of treatment) ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Patients with compensated hepatic cirrhosis secondary to chronic hepatitis C who would meet all the inclusion criteria below and would not interfere with any of the exclusion criteria below.

  • Patients (regardless of gender) who can take contraceptive measures from date of informed consent to the end of follow-up
  • Patients who meet all the criteria below in the test/observation/ investigation in 30 days before the beginning of treatment.

    • Patients with quantitative HCV-RNA (+)
    • ALT > 40 IU/L
    • Patients who are classified as Child-Pugh Classification A, and who do not have ascites or hepatic encephalopathy
    • Prothrombin Time <=3.0 seconds prolonged, total bilirubin <= 1.5 mg/dL or direct bilirubin <= 0.7 mg/dL, Albumin >= 3.0 g/dL
    • AFP within normal limits, AFP-L3 <= 10%,PIVKA-II <= 100 mAU/mL
    • Serum creatinine <= upper limit of normal, creatinine clearance >= 51 mL/minute
    • Patients with fasting blood glucose < 110 mg/dL.
    • Thyroid-stimulating hormone within normal limits
    • Hemoglobin level >= 12 g/dL,leukocyte count >= 3,000/mm3,neutrophil count >= 1,500 /mm3,platelet count >= 80,000/mm3
  • Patients who weighs more than 40 kg and not more than 100 kg within 60 days prior to registration
  • Patients who were diagnosed with liver cirrhosis (fibrosis score: F4) based on the liver biopsy performed within a year prior to registration and is able to provide with liver tissue sample.
  • Patients who between the ages of 20 and 70 years at time of informed consent who can give written informed consent
  • Patients who can be hospitalized at least for 14 days from the initiation of treatment.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who have been administered pegylated interferon or ribavirin in the past.
  • Patients who had previously received treatment with IFN for whom at least 90 days have not elapsed since the end of previous treatment by the time of registration in the study
  • Patients who have received treatment within 14 days prior to registration with the injectable preparations containing glycyrrhizin/cysteine/glycyron (Stronger Neo-Minophagen C, etc.), or shosaikoto
  • Patients who have had antiviral drug or antitumor drug, or immune regulation therapy (including steroid administration, radiation therapy) within 90 days prior to registration. [except for topical application and external drug]
  • Patients who have been administered any study drug within 180 days prior to registration.
  • Patients who meet the following criteria in the screening test

    • HBs antigen positive
    • antinuclear antibody >= 320 times
  • Patients with or who have a history of primary biliary cirrhosis, hepatic failure, hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Patients with other etiologies of liver disease such as autoimmune, alcoholic and drug-induced liver diseases
  • Patients with or who have a history of decompensated cirrhosis with following disorder. Ascites, jaundice, bleeding varices, esophageal and/or gastric varices which needs treatment, hepatic encephalopathy, and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.
  • Patients with hemophilia
  • Patients with or who have a history of neuropsychiatry disorder such as depression.
  • Patients with or who have a history of epileptic seizures requiring treatment
  • Patients with or who have a history of angina pectoris, heart failure, myocardial infarction, uncontrollable hypertension (diastolic blood pressure: equal to or more than 110mmHg) or arrhythmia which needs treatment.
  • Patients with chronic pulmonary disease
  • Patients with or who have a history of autoimmune disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, scleroderma, etc).
  • Patients with Hemoglobinopathies (thalassaemia, sickle cell anemia)
  • Patients with malignant tumors
  • Patients with organ transplants (other than cornea and hair transplant).
  • Patients with a history of hypersensitivity to interferon preparations, biological products such as vaccine, or nucleoside analogs
  • Female patients who are pregnant or nursing (male patients with partner who are pregnant), and for whom pregnancy cannot be ruled out by serum HCG test conducted during the screening period
  • Patients with specific reaction to PEG-IFNα-2b in prick test conducted before the initiation of treatment(Only PEG/R group)
  • Other patients judged by the investigator (sub-investigator) to be inappropriate for inclusion in this study

Study Data/Documents: CSR Synopsis  This link exits the site

Responsible Party: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier: NCT00811967     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P03811
First Posted: December 19, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 13, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Liver Cirrhosis
Disease Progression
Hepatitis C, Chronic
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Pathologic Processes
Disease Attributes
Hepatitis, Chronic
Peginterferon alfa-2b
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents