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Final Results of Boceprevir Phase II HCV SPRINT-1 Study Showed Significantly Higher SVR Rates Compared to Standard of Care in Treatment-Naive Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Patients
Date:4/23/2009

cacy of 28- and 48-week lead-in regimens of boceprevir (800 mg TID) in combination with PEGINTRON (1.5 mcg/kg/week) and REBETOL (600-1400 mg/day) compared to a control of PEGINTRON and REBETOL alone for 48 weeks in treatment-naive adult patients with chronic HCV genotype 1. The study enrolled a total of 1,099 patients, including 158 African-American/Black patients.

The HCV RESPOND-2 study evaluates 36- and 48-week lead-in regimens of boceprevir in combination with PEGINTRON and REBETOL at the same doses as described above compared to a control of PEGINTRON and REBETOL alone for 48 weeks in adult patients with chronic HCV genotype 1 who failed prior treatment (relapsers and nonresponders) with peginterferon and ribavirin combination therapy. The study enrolled a total of 404 patients.

In both registration studies, RVR criteria at 4 weeks of boceprevir treatment (treatment week 8) is used to determine which boceprevir patients can stop all treatment at 28 weeks (HCV SPRINT-2) or 36 weeks (HCV RESPOND-2).

For more information about ongoing studies, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov, search term boceprevir or SCH 900518.

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease. It is the most common blood-borne infection in America and Europe, and the most common form of liver disease, affecting nearly 5 million people in the United States, 5 million in Europe and some 200 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer, and the number one reason for liver transplants in the United States and Europe.

About PEGINTRON

PEGINTRON is indicated for use in combination with REBETOL (ribavirin) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in patients 3 years of age and older with compensated liver disease.

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