An Observational Study of Pegasys (Peginterferon Alfa-2a) Plus Copegus (Ribavirin) in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C, Genotype 2, 3, 1 or 4, Undergoing Opioid Maintenance Therapy (PEGHOPE)

This study has been completed.
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Hoffmann-La Roche Identifier:
First received: August 12, 2011
Last updated: October 1, 2015
Last verified: October 2015
This prospective, multi-center, observational study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) plus Copegus (ribavirin) in patients with previously untreated chronic hepatitis C, genotype 2, 3, 1 or 4, who are undergoing opioid maintenance therapy. Data will be collected from eligible patients receiving Pegasys and Copegus according to SPC/local guidelines for up to 72 weeks of treatment and 24 weeks of follow-up.

Hepatitis C, Chronic

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Prospective, Observational, Multicenter Non-interventional Trial Examining Efficacy of Combination Therapy With PEGASYS® Plus COPEGUS® in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C, Genotype 2, 3, 1 or 4, Undergoing an Opioid Maintenance-Therapy With Special Focus on Patient Compliance and Quality of Life

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Further study details as provided by Hoffmann-La Roche:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sustained virological response (SVR), defined as percentage of patients with undetectable HCV RNA 24 weeks after completing treatment [ Time Frame: approximately 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Virological response at end of treatment, defined as percentage of patients with undetectable HCV RNA [ Time Frame: approximately 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Virological relapse, defined as no SVR in patients with undetectable HCV RNA at end of treatment [ Time Frame: approximately 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Safety: Incidence of adverse events [ Time Frame: approximately 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Patient compliance [ Time Frame: up to 72 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quality of life: SF-36 Health Survey/Fatigue Severity Scale/Beck Depression Inventory [ Time Frame: up to 96 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 88
Study Start Date: April 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: October 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with chronic hepatitis C, Genotype 2, 3, 1 or 4, undergoing an opioid maintenance therapy

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult patients, >/= 18 years of age
  • Patients undergoing an opioid maintenance therapy
  • Serologic evidence of chronic hepatitis C prior to therapy
  • CHC genotype 1, 4, 2 or 3
  • Quantifiable serum HCV RNA
  • All fertile males and females receiving ribavirin must use two forms of effective contraception during treatment with study drugs and for 7 months after completion of treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Harmful use of psychoactive substances (including excessive alcohol consumption) that precludes successful participation in the study at the discretion of the investigator
  • Pegylated interferon, standard interferon or ribavirin therapy at any time prior to initiation of the study
  • Co-infection with hepatitis A, hepatitis B or HIV
  • Current diagnosis of a major depression or any psychotic disorder
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01416610

Gratwein, Austria, 8112
Graz, Austria, 8036
Innsbruck, Austria, 6020
Klagenfurt, Austria, 9020
Linz, Austria, 4010
Wien, Austria, 1030
Wien, Austria, 1090
Wien, Austria, 1100
Wien, Austria, 1160
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoffmann-La Roche
Study Director: Clinical Trials Hoffmann-La Roche
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Hoffmann-La Roche Identifier: NCT01416610     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ML25159
Study First Received: August 12, 2011
Last Updated: October 1, 2015
Health Authority: Austria: Federal Agency for Safety in Health Care (BASG)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C, Chronic
Hepatitis, Chronic
Digestive System Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Liver Diseases
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases processed this record on November 27, 2015