S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) to Treat Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jay Hoofnagle, M.D., National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: May 17, 2007
Last updated: May 31, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
Results First Received: May 1, 2012  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Pharmacodynamics Study;   Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment;   Masking: Open Label;   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition: Chronic Hepatitis C
Interventions: Drug: Peginterferon alfa-2a
Drug: Ribavirin
Drug: S-adenosyl methionine for Chronic Liver Disease

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  Baseline Characteristics
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Population Description
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Reporting Groups
Hepatitis C Treated With Peginterferon and Ribavirin Patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) treated with peginterferon alpha-2a and ribavirin

Baseline Measures
    Hepatitis C Treated With Peginterferon and Ribavirin  
Number of Participants  
[units: participants]
[units: year]
Median (Full Range)
  52.5   (41 to 65)  
[units: participants]
Female     8  
Male     16  
Race/Ethnicity, Customized [1]
[units: participants]
Hispanic     1  
Black     2  
White     21  
Body Mass Index  
[units: kg/m^2]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
  27.2  (3.74)  
Ishak Fibrosis [2]
[units: Units on a scale]
Median (Full Range)
  2   (0 to 6)  
[units: participants]
Cirrhosis     5  
Non-Cirrhosis     19  
Previous Therapy  
[units: participants]
Interferon/ribavirin     3  
Peginterferon/ribavirin     21  
Baseline HCV RNA Level  
[units: log10 (IU/mL)]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
  6.3  (0.6)  
[1] Race
[2] Possible range is 0 to 6. Higher values represent worse outcomes.

  Outcome Measures
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1.  Primary:   Improvement in Viral Kinetics During the First 2 Weeks of Therapy   [ Time Frame: Days 7 to 14 of therapy ]

2.  Secondary:   2-log Decline in HCV RNA by Week 12 (Early Virological Response) and Sustained Eradication of HCV RNA (Sustained Virological Response).   [ Time Frame: 12 weeks from start of therapy ]

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Limitations of the study, such as early termination leading to small numbers of participants analyzed and technical problems with measurement leading to unreliable or uninterpretable data
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