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Efficacy of Actos Lipitor Pegasys & Ribavirin in CHC GT 1 Patients Who Relapsed or Nonresponded to Peg/Riba

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Stephen A Harrison, Brooke Army Medical Center Identifier:
First received: June 22, 2009
Last updated: February 13, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
The aim of the study will be to determine if an insulin sensitizing thiazolidinedione plus a lipid lowering agent (statin) improves sustained virologic response rates in patients who have previously not responded or relapsed on standard pegylated interferon and ribavirin therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatitis c
Drug: pioglitazone (Actos)
Drug: atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: 48 Week Pilot Trial Assessing the Efficacy of Pioglitazone, Atorvastatin, Pegasys and Weight Based Ribavirin in Chronic Hepatitis C, Genotype 1 Patients Who Have Previously Relapsed or Did Not Respond to PegInterferon /Ribavirin Therapy

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Further study details as provided by Brooke Army Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement is seen in insulin resistance patients to be in a position to respond more favorably to current antiviral therapy consisting of pegylated interferon and ribavirin. [ Time Frame: 36 weeks ]

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2008
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Pioglitizone and Atorvastatin
Pioglitazone and Atorvastatin added to standard of care Pegasys and weight based ribavirin
Drug: pioglitazone (Actos)
pioglitazone 30 mg qd for 30 days, then increase to 45 mg
Other Name: Actos
Drug: atorvastatin (Lipitor)
atorvastatin 40 mg for 30 days then increase to 80 mg daily
Other Name: Lipitor

Detailed Description:

The study will evaluate the use of atorvastatin and pioglitazone in the pre-treatment of insulin resistance and lipid levels prior to the addition of pegylated interferon and ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). If improvement is seen in insulin resistance patients may then be in a position to respond more favorably to current antiviral therapy consisting of pegylated interferon and ribavirin.

This study could demonstrate the value of pretreating and continuing treatment for insulin resistance with pioglitazone in CHC, genotype 1 patients who have previously not responded or relapsed to prior pegylated interferon and ribavirin treatment. Changes in lipids are not a primary or secondary endpoint in this study.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • GT 1 previously treated with pegylated interferon & ribavirin & either non-responded or relapsed after cessation of therapy
  • Insulin resistance
  • Compensated liver disease

    • WBC < 3,000/ mm3
    • Neutrophil count < 1,500/mm3
    • Platelets < 65,000/ mm3
    • Albumin > 3 gm/dL

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants on metformin or other thiazolidinedione must have 3month wash-out period
  • Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Males with pregnant partners
  • Co-infection with HAV, HBV, or HIV
  • Ophthalmic abnormalities such as severe retinopathy
  • Poorly controlled thyroid dysfunction
  • Serum creatinine concentration > 1.5 times ULN
  • Severe psychiatric or neuropsychiatric disorders
  • History of alcoholism or drug addiction 1 year prior to screening
  • Seizure disorders not controlled with medication
  • Significant cardiovascular dysfunction within the past 12 months
  • Chronic pulmonary disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00926614

United States, Texas
Brooke Army Medical Center
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78234
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brooke Army Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Stephen A Harrison, MD Brooke Army Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Stephen A Harrison, Principal Investigator, Brooke Army Medical Center Identifier: NCT00926614     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: C.2008.153
Study First Received: June 22, 2009
Last Updated: February 13, 2012

Keywords provided by Brooke Army Medical Center:
non responder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis C
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Flaviviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Atorvastatin Calcium
Peginterferon alfa-2a
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Hypoglycemic Agents
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