HCV Treatment With Fluvastatin, Simvastatin to Improve Interferon Sensitivity

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Recruitment Status : Terminated (Principal Investigator retiring)
First Posted : June 22, 2011
Last Update Posted : August 22, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ted Bader, MD, Bader, Ted, M.D.

Brief Summary:

Objective: The goal is to improve peginterferon sensitivity in previous poor responders. "Sensitivity" here means the host's ability to kill more HCV.

Design: Twenty poor responders to prior PIFN/RBV will be given 48 weeks of statin monotherapy. Veterans and civilians between the ages of 18 and 70 are eligible.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Hepatitis C Drug: statin Phase 1

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: An Investigator-initiated Pilot Study Using Statins to Improve the Anti-HCV Response to Peginterferon Alfa 2-b and Ribavirin in Previous Non-responders
Study Start Date : March 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date : August 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: statin Drug: statin
daily statin orally for 48 weeks

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement in peginterferon response as measured by change in HCV RNA levels [ Time Frame: 48 weeks ]
    The change in hepatitis C viral load in response to one injection of peginterferon will be measured with a baseline pre-study viral load and response to an injection of peginterferon; this test will be remeasured 48 weeks later. The change in viral loads over time will be assessed statistically.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The response of interferon stimulated genes [ Time Frame: 48 weeks ]
    The number of known interferon activated genes will be assessed by microarray from serum samples at baseline and then reassessed by microarray 48 weeks later.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Hepatitis C positive by HCV RNA within 180 days. - No anti-HCV medicine within 30 days of screening

Exclusion Criteria:

  • decompensated liver disease
  • severe cardiac disease (ejection fraction < 20% or uncontrolled angina)
  • unexplained muscle pain at time of screening
  • pregnancy
  • renal insufficiency (creatine clearance < 50 ml/min)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01377909

United States, Oklahoma
Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bader, Ted, M.D.
Principal Investigator: Ted Bader, M.D. VA Office of Research and Development

Responsible Party: Ted Bader, MD, Director of Liver Diseases, Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Bader, Ted, M.D. Identifier: NCT01377909     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Bader 15859
First Posted: June 22, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 22, 2013
Last Verified: August 2013

Keywords provided by Ted Bader, MD, Bader, Ted, M.D.:
chronic hepatitis C, interferon

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