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Boceprevir Phase II Study Showed High Rate of Sustained Response With 28- and 48-Week Regimens in Genotype 1 Treatment-Naive Hepatitis C Patients
Date:11/1/2008

Interim results of HCV SPRINT-1 study presented at AASLD annual meeting

Pivotal Phase III studies ongoing in treatment naive patients and those who failed prior treatment

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP) today reported that a planned interim analysis of a Phase II study showed that boceprevir, its investigational oral hepatitis C protease inhibitor, in combination with peginterferon and ribavirin markedly increased sustained virologic response (SVR) rates with 28 weeks of therapy and nearly doubled SVR with 48 weeks of therapy compared to current standard of care, peginterferon and ribavirin (control group) for 48 weeks. These results from the HCV SPRINT-1 study in 595 treatment-naive patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 were presented at the 59th American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Annual Meeting.(1)

In a 48-week boceprevir regimen, the SVR rate was 74 percent at 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR 12) in patients who received 4 weeks of PEGINTRON(TM) (peginterferon alfa-2b) and REBETOL(R) (ribavirin, USP) prior to the addition of boceprevir (800 mg TID) (P/R lead-in). In a 28-week boceprevir regimen, the SVR rate was 56 percent at 24 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR 24) in patients who received the P/R lead-in. These results compared to a 38 percent SVR rate (SVR 12) for patients in the control group receiving 48-weeks of PEGINTRON and REBETOL alone (ITT).(2-4)

Importantly, predictability of attaining SVR 12 or 24 based on rapid virologic response (RVR) was greater for boceprevir patients in the lead-in arms compared to the no lead-in arms. In addition, fewer patients in the lead-in arms discontinued t
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