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Title: Weekly pegylated interferon alpha-2b vs daily interferon a-2b versus standard regimen of interferon a-2b in the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection
Authors: Horsmans, Y.
Colle, I.
Van Vlierberghe, H.
Langlet, P.
Adler, M.
Bourgeois, N.
Brenard, R.
Michielsen, P.
Goossens, A.
Bruckers, Liesbeth
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: ACTA GASTRO-ENTEROLOGICA BELGICA, 71 (3), p. 293-297
Abstract: Background and study aims : The combination of Pegylated (PEG)interferon a-2b and ribavirin is considered to be the standard treatment for naïve chronic hepatitis C patients. Study aims are to evaluate the differences between standard interferon and PEG-interferon by conducting a multi-centre, controlled randomized trial comparing 3 groups. Group A : daily interferon alfa-2b at a dose of 4 MIU + ribavirin, Group B : PEG-interferon alfa-2b at a dose of 100 mcg/week + ribavirin ; Group C : interferon alfa-2b at a dose of 3 MIU TIW + ribavirin Patients and methods : Multicentrer, open label study including naïve chronic Hepatitis C Virus patients randomised in three groups with a ratio of 2:2:1. Group A : daily interferon a-2b (4 MIU s.c. for patients > 65 kg or 0.06 MIU/kg 65 kg or 1.5 μg/kg weekly for patients < 65 kg) and ribavirin and group C (reference arm) : interferon a-2b (3MIU s.c. TWI) and ribavirin. The duration of the treatment was 48 weeks for all 3 groups, with a 6 month follow-up period. 336 patients were enrolled in the study and included in the intention-to-treat analysis ; 78 never started treatment (35 in group A, 28 in group B and 15 in group C) : 101 in group A, 98 in group B and 59 in group C. Results : Demographic data, PCR results and reasons for early withdrawal have been statistically analysed. At baseline, the 3 groups did not show any statistical difference regarding age, gender, race, genotypes and METAVIR score. At week 24 on treatment, HCV ribonucleic acid RNA was undetectable in 87% in group A, in 79% in group B and in 69% in group C. At the end of treatment, 73% 74% and 58% respectively, had a negative PCR result. At week 24 of follow-up, these results were 71%, 64% and 48%, respectively. When comparing the efficacy of the daily interferon (+ ribavirin) and the PEG-interferon (+ ribavirin) regimen, no statistical difference was found (p = 0.32). In group A, 38% of drop-outs were due to adverse events compared to 37% in group B and 58% in group C. No statistical differences were observed regarding safety. Conclusion : Daily weight based interferon a-2b dosing and PEG interferon a-2b weighed based dosing once weekly both in combination with Ribavirin offer the same efficacy and safety rates. (Acta gastro enterol. belg., 2008, 71, 293-297). Key words : chronic hepatitis C, interferon, daily administration, pegylated interferon.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/18423
ISI #: 000262683500001
ISSN: 0001-5644
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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