A Study of Pegasys (Peginterferon Alfa-2a) Added to Nucleos(t)Ide Analogue Treatment in Patients With HBeAg-Negative Chronic Hepatitis B Genotype D Showing Stable HBV DNA Suppression

This study has been completed.
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Hoffmann-La Roche
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First received: October 10, 2012
Last updated: March 1, 2016
Last verified: March 2016
This open-label, single-arm, multicenter study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of adding Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) to nucleos(t)ide analogue (NAs) treatment in patients with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B genotype D showing stable HBV DNA suppression. After a 12-week Lead-in period on treatment with NA, patients with a HBsAg decline <0.5 log10 IU/ml will enter the Add-on period to receive Pegasys 180 mcg subcutaneously weekly for 48 weeks in addition to their current NA treatment. Follow-up will be a further 48 weeks, during which the patients will continue their NA treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatitis B, Chronic
Drug: nucleos(t)ide analogues
Drug: peginterferon alfa-2a [Pegasys]
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase IIb, Open Label, Single Arm, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Effect of 48-weeks PEG-Interferon Alfa-2a (PEG-IFN) Administration on Serum HBsAg in Chronic Hepatitis B, HBeAg-Negative, Genotype D Patients on Treatment With Nucleos(t)Ide Analogues (NAs), Showing Stable HBV DNA Suppression

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Further study details as provided by Hoffmann-La Roche:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of patients with serum HBsAg decrease >/= 50% from baseline to the end of the combination treatment Pegasys plus NA (Study Week 48) [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of patients with HBsAg decrease >/=1 log10 IU/ml from baseline to Week 48 [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Change in HBsAg levels [ Time Frame: from baseline to Week 96 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Proportion of patients with HBsAg </= 0.05 UI/ml at Week 48 [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Proportion of patients with HBsAg </= 0.05 UI/ml at Week 72 [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Proportion of patients with HBsAg </= 0.05 UI/ml at Week 96 [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • HBsAg levels according to IL28B genotypes [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • HBsAg levels according to IP-10 serum levels [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Safety: Incidence of adverse events [ Time Frame: approximately 2.5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: April 2013
Study Completion Date: October 2015
Primary Completion Date: October 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Pegasys Drug: nucleos(t)ide analogues
Adenovir, entecavir, lamivudine or tenofovir
Drug: peginterferon alfa-2a [Pegasys]
180 mcg subcutaneously weekly, 48 weeks


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult patients, 18 - 65 years of age
  • Chronic hepatitis B
  • Negative for HBeAg
  • On monotherapy with any nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) but telbivudine at enrolment, and HBV DNA persistently below 20 IU/ml for at least 12 months
  • HBsAg >100 IU/ml at the beginning of the Lead-in phase, confirmed before addition of Pegasys
  • Showing a steady HBsAg kinetic (HBsAg decrease <0.5 log10 IU/ml from Week -12 to start of the Add-on phase)
  • Negative pregnancy test for women of childbearing potential
  • Women of childbearing potential and fertile males with female partners of childbearing potential must be using reliable contraception during and for 3 months after the Add-on phase

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Coinfection with HAV, HCV, HDV, HIV
  • Evidence of decompensated liver disease (Child-Pugh >/=6)
  • History or other evidence of a medical condition associated with chronic liver disease (e.g. hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, toxin exposure)
  • Known hypersensitivity to peginterferon alfa-2a
  • Pregnant of breastfeeding women
  • Evidence of alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • History of severe psychiatric disease, especially depression
  • History of immunologically mediated disease
  • History or evidence of bleeding from esophageal varices or other conditions consistent with decompensated liver disease
  • History or evidence of severe pulmonary disease associated with functional limitations
  • History of severe cardiac disease
  • History of severe seizure disorder or current anticonvulsant use
  • Evidence of an active or suspected cancer or a history of malignancy (other than basocellular carcinoma or in situ cervical carcinoma) within 5 years prior to study entry
  • History of having received any systemic anti-neoplastic (including radiation) or immunomodulatory (including systemic corticosteroids) treatment </= 6 months prior to the first dose or the expectation that such a treatment will be needed at any time during the study
  • History or other evidence of severe retinopathy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01706575

Napoli, Campania, Italy, 80131
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, 40138
Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, 33100
Roma, Lazio, Italy, 00133
Roma, Lazio, Italy, 00161
Genova, Liguria, Italy, 16132
Milano, Lombardia, Italy, 20122
Torino, Piemonte, Italy, 10126
Foggia, Puglia, Italy, 71100
Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy, 09042
Messina, Sicilia, Italy, 98124
Palermo, Sicilia, Italy, 90127
Pisa, Toscana, Italy, 56124
Padova, Veneto, Italy, 35128
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoffmann-La Roche
Study Director: Clinical Trials Hoffmann-La Roche
  More Information

Responsible Party: Hoffmann-La Roche
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01706575     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ML28262  2012-000080-25 
Study First Received: October 10, 2012
Last Updated: March 1, 2016
Health Authority: Italy: Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis, Chronic
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B, Chronic
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Hepadnaviridae Infections
DNA Virus Infections
Peginterferon alfa-2a
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs

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