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Treatment of Hepatitis C in Hemophilic Patients With HIV

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier:
First received: February 25, 2003
Last updated: July 29, 2008
Last verified: December 2006
Pegylated interferon (PEG-interferon) and ribavirin are accepted treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. However, HCV infection progresses differently in patients who are coinfected with HIV and in hemophiliacs. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of PEG-interferon and ribavirin for treating HCV in HIV infected hemophiliacs.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections
Hepatitis C
Drug: Peginterferon alfa-2a
Drug: Ribavirin
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective Multicenter, Phase II, Open Label, Controlled Trial Evaluating the Response of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) to Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2A and Ribavirin in Hemophilic Patients With and Without Coinfection With the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

Estimated Enrollment: 22
Study Start Date: March 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2005
Detailed Description:

Hemophiliacs with symptomatic disease often receive blood products to correct clotting factor deficiencies. Prior to routine use of heat inactivation and screening of donor blood for specific viral pathogens, hemophiliacs were routinely exposed to, and infected with, viruses such as hepatitis B (HBV), HCV, and HIV. Studies in hemophiliacs suggest several important findings that warrant further investigation, including: 1) hemophiliacs infected with HCV may have more rapid progression to liver failure and death; 2) pooled blood concentrate from multiple donors leads to a high risk of mixed infection; and 3) different clinical outcomes and altered immune responses of HIV coinfected hemophiliacs may enhance understanding of mutant virus selection and the associated clinical outcomes. The purpose of this trial is to determine response rates to PEG-interferon and ribavirin in hemophiliacs with HCV alone and with HCV/HIV coinfection.

Participants in this study will be followed for 48 weeks on treatment and up to 36 months after treatment. Participants in this study will be admitted to the Clinical Research Center for 2 days at the beginning of the study. Participants will have 3 additional study visits in the first week of the study. After that, study visits occur at Weeks 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, 40, and 48. The follow-up visits will be at 4, 12, and 24 weeks following the end of treatment. Study visits include a physical exam and blood tests. Patients who do not respond to treatment will be followed in a prospective cohort study for up to 3 additional years so that evolution of the virus and associated immune responses can be evaluated.


Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

  • Hemophilia A or B
  • Exposure to blood or blood products prior to 1987
  • Participating in "The Second Multicenter Hemophilia Cohort Study (MHCS-II)"
  • HCV reactive by second/third generation ELISA assay and/or RIBA
  • HCV RNA positive (PCR or bDNA methods)
  • Chronic hepatitis confirmed by liver biopsy within 6 months prior to study entry (Note: cirrhosis is not an exclusion factor)
  • HIV infection for coinfected group; HIV viral load of 10,000 copies/ml or less
  • If on antiretroviral drugs, stable regimen for at least 8 weeks prior to study entry
  • Acceptable methods of contraception

Exclusion Criteria

  • Hemoglobin less than 10 g/dl
  • For HIV coinfected group, CD4 count less than 200 cells/mm3 at time of screening visit
  • Previous interferon or ribavirin therapy
  • Corticosteroids or immunomodulatory drugs within 3 months prior to study entry
  • Hepatitis B (HBsAg reactive)
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Wilson's disease
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Decompensated liver disease evidenced by encephalopathy, ascites, or variceal bleed
  • Prothrombin Time greater than 3 seconds above normal (International Normalized Ratio [INR] greater than 1.3)
  • Platelet count less than 90,000/microL
  • Active thyroid disease (thyroid replacement with normal TSH permitted)
  • Chronic renal insufficiency, defined as creatinine greater than 1.5 mg/dl
  • Life-threatening disease processes that could preclude completion of trial
  • Alcohol abuse that the local investigator feels would interfere with compliance
  • Illicit recreational drug use or methadone use within 6 months of study entry
  • Major depression with hospitalization or suicide attempt is a relative, but not absolute, contraindication to therapy based on timing, circumstances, and current stability as assessed by the investigator
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00055341

United States, Ohio
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45267
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Principal Investigator: Kenneth E. Sherman, MD, PhD University of Cincinnati
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00055341     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01AI049508-01 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
5R01AI049508-02 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: February 25, 2003
Last Updated: July 29, 2008

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
HIV Infections
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Peginterferon alfa-2a
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents processed this record on April 24, 2017