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HCV Treatment With Fluvastatin, Simvastatin to Improve Interferon Sensitivity

This study has been terminated.
(Principal Investigator retiring)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ted Bader, MD, Bader, Ted, M.D. Identifier:
First received: June 20, 2011
Last updated: August 21, 2013
Last verified: August 2013

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 Intervention Phase
Chronic Hepatitis C Drug: statin Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: 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

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Further study details as provided by Ted Bader, MD, Bader, Ted, M.D.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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:
  • 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.

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: statin Drug: statin
daily statin orally for 48 weeks


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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: 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
  More Information

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
Study First Received: June 20, 2011
Last Updated: August 21, 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 processed this record on August 18, 2017