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Real-world experience with the all-oral, interferon-free regimen of ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir and dasabuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in the German Hepatitis C Registry

T M Welzel, H Hinrichsen, C Sarrazin, P Buggisch, A Baumgarten, S Christensen, T Berg, S Mauss, G Teuber, K Stein, K Deterding, F van Bömmel, R Heyne, C John, T Zimmermann, T Lutz, E Schott, J Hettinger, H Kleine, B König, D Hüppe, H Wedemeyer
Journal of Viral Hepatitis 2017, 24 (10): 840-849
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Real-world studies are relevant to complement clinical trials on novel antiviral therapies against chronic hepatitis C; however, clinical practice data are currently limited. This study investigated effectiveness and safety of ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (OBV/PTV/r)±dasabuvir (DSV)±ribavirin (RBV) for treatment of HCV genotype (GT) 1 and GT4 infection in a large real-world cohort. The German Hepatitis C Registry is an observational cohort study prospectively collecting clinical practice data on direct-acting antiviral therapies. Patients with GT1/4 infection treated with OBV/PTV/r±DSV±RBV were analysed. Effectiveness was assessed by sustained virologic response in 558 patients who reached post-treatment week 12 (SVR12). Safety is reported in 1017 patients who initiated treatment. Of the patients, 892 (88%) had GT1 and 125 (12%) had GT4 infection. Prior treatment experience and cirrhosis were reported in 598 (59%) and 228 (22%) patients, respectively. Overall, SVR12 (mITT) was 96% (486/505) in GT1- and 100% (53/53) in GT4 patients. SVR12 rates were high across subgroups including patients with cirrhosis (95%, 123/129), patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (100%, 34/34), and subgroups excluded from registrational trials like patients ≥70 years (96%, 64/67) and failures to prior protease inhibitor treatment (96%, 46/48). Adverse events (AEs) and serious AEs were reported in 52% (525/1017) and 2% (21/1017) of patients, respectively, and led to treatment discontinuation in 1.5% (15/1017) of patients. OBV/PTV/r±DSV±RBV was effective and generally well tolerated for treatment of HCV infection in clinical practice.

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