Hepatitis C Treatment of Inmates (PEGPRI)

This study has been terminated.
(Low inclusion rate)
Bergen Prison, Norwegian correctional service
Hoffmann-La Roche
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Steinar Skrede, Haukeland University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: March 19, 2015
Last verified: June 2003
Hepatitis C infection is a prevalent chronic disease. It is particularly prevalent among intravenous drug abusers. Bergen fengsel is a regional prison housing 250 inmates, of which as many as 70 are recorded HCV RNA PCR positive annuallly. In this study inmate males and females will be randomized to standard screening and initiation procedure, or to a rapid initiation procedure in the hospital's infectious diseases outpatient clinic. The study aims at studying if rapid inclusion will increase the possibility to conclude treatment while the prisoner still is incarcerated, thus improve the chances of reaching a sustained virologic response, compared to standard inclusion, where prisoners, as other out patients will wait for inclusion for several months.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Hepatitis C
Procedure: Fast initiation procedure
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Hepatitis C Treatment of Inmates. A Randomized, Open-label Study Evaluating the Feasibility, Safety and Efficacy of Treatment With Peginterferon Alfa-2a in Combination With Ribavirin in Inmate Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C

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Further study details as provided by Haukeland University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • - adherence [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • - Sustained virologic response rates defined as percentage of patients with non-detectable HCV-RNA as measured by Roche AMPLICOR HCV Test, v2.0 (>50 IU/mL). [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of patients with non-detectable HCV-RNA at study week 12, 24 and 48 as measured by Roche AMPLICOR HCV Test v2.0 (<50 IU/mL). [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • - adverse event rate and profile [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • - Hemoglobin [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • - Other laboratory tests [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • - Medical Outcomes Study 36 Item Short Form health Survey (SF-36) [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 42
Study Start Date: August 2003
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Rapid standard of care
Rapid standard of care treatment after screening
Procedure: Fast initiation procedure
Active Comparator: Ordinary standard of care
Subject put on ordinary waiting list for hcv treatment in Our outpatient clinic
Procedure: Fast initiation procedure


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Serologic evidence of chronic hepatitis C infection by an anti-HCV test
  • Serum HCV-RNA quantifiable at > 600 IU/mL or 1000 copies/mL by the Roche AMPLICOR HCV MONITOR Test, v2.0
  • Patients with both normal or elevated serum ALT are eligible
  • Compensated liver disease (Child-Pugh grade A clinical classification)
  • Patients with cirrhosis or transition to cirrhosis must have an abdominal ultrasonography, CT scan or MRI scan without evidence of hepatocellular carcinoma and a serum AFP < 100 ng/mL within 2 months of randomization
  • Negative urine or blood pregnancy test (for women of childbearing potential) documented within the 24 hour period prior to first dose of study drug
  • All fertile males and females receiving RBV must be using two forms of effective contraception during treatment and during the 6 months after treatment ends

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Women with ongoing pregnancy or breat feeding
  • Therapy with any systemic anti-viral, anti-neoplastic or immunomodulatory treatment (including supraphysiologic soses of steroids and radiation) < 6 months prior to the first dose of study drug
  • Any investigational drug < 6 weeks prior to the first dose of study drug Positive test at screening for anti-HAV IgM Ab, HBsAg, anti-HBsAg, anti-HBc Ab, anti-HIV Ab.
  • History or evidence of a medical condition associated with chronic liver disease other than HCV (e.g. hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis, metabolic liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, toxin exposures)
  • History or evidence of bleeding from esophageal varices or other conditions consistent with decompensated liver disease
  • Neutrophil count < 1500/mm or platelet count < 90,000 cells/mm at screening
  • Serum creatinine level > 1,5 times the ULN at screening
  • History of severe psychiatric disease, especially depression. Severe psychiatric disease is defined as treatment with an antidepressant medication or neuroleptica at therapeutic doses for major depression or psychosis, respectively for at least 3 months at any previous time, or any history of the following; a suicidal attempt, hospitalization for psychiatric disease or a period of disability due to psychiatric disease
  • History of severe seizure disorder or current anticonvulsant disease
  • History of immunologically mediated disease (e.g. IBD, ITP, LED, AIHA, scleroderma, severe psoriasis or RA etc.)
  • History or other evidence of chronic pulmonary disease associated with functional limitation
  • History of major organ transplantation with an existing functional graft
  • History of severe cardiac disease (e.g. NYHA Functional Class III or IV, myocardial infarction within 6 months of ventricular arrhythmias requiring ongoing treatment, unstable angina or other significant CVD)
  • History or other evidence of severe illness, malignancy or other conditions which would make the patient, in the opinion of the investigator, unsuitable for the study
  • Evidence of severe retinopathy (e.g. CMV retinitis, macula degeneration)
  • Evidence of ongoing drug abuse (including excessive alcohol consumption)
  • Inability or unwillingness to provide informed consent or abide by the requirements of the study
  • Male partners of women who are pregnant
  • Hemoglobin < 12 g/dL in women or < 13g/dL in men at screening
  • Any patient with an increased baseline risk for anemia or for whom anemia would be medically problematic
  • Patients with documented or presumed coronary artery disease or cerebrovascular disease should not be enrolled if, in the judgement of the investigator, an acuter decrease in hemoglobin by up to 4 g/dL would not be well-tolerated
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00209898

Unit for infectious diseases outpatient clincic, Dept. Internal Medicine
Bergen, Norway, N-5021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Haukeland University Hospital
Bergen Prison, Norwegian correctional service
Hoffmann-La Roche
Principal Investigator: Steinar Skrede, M.D., Ph.D. Unit for infectious diseases, Dept. Internal Medicine, Haukeland UH
  More Information

-Dalgard,O., Jeansson, S., Skaug, K, Raknerud, N., Bell, H. Hepatitis C in the general adult population of Oslo; prevalence and clinical spectrum. Scand. J. Gastroenterol. 38:864-870, 2003. -Stein, M.D., Maksad, J., Clarke, J. Hepatitis C among injecting drug users: knowledge, perceived risk and willingness to receive treatment. Drug Alc. Depend. 61:211-215, 2001. -Allen,S.A., Spaulding,A.C., Osei,A.M., Taylor,L.E., Cabral,A.M. and Rich,J.D. Treatment of chronic hepatitis C in a state correctional facility. Ann. Intern. Med. 138:187-190, 2003. -Dalgard,O., Bjøro,K., Hellum,K., Skaug,K., Gutigard,B.,Bell, H. Treatment of chronic hepatitis C in injecting drug users: 5 years' folow up. Eur. Addict. Res. 8:45-49, 2002.

Responsible Party: Steinar Skrede, Consultant, Haukeland University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00209898     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12952 
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: March 19, 2015
Health Authority: Norway: Norwegian Medicines Agency

Keywords provided by Haukeland University Hospital:
Chronic hepatits C
fast initiation procedure

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

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