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Interim Results from Boceprevir Phase II Study in Genotype 1 Treatment-Naive Hepatitis C Patients Presented At EASL
Date:4/26/2008

MILAN, Italy, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP) today reported that results from a planned interim analysis of an ongoing Phase II study of boceprevir, its investigational oral hepatitis C protease inhibitor, in 595 treatment-naive patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 were presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). The ongoing study evaluates boceprevir in 28-week and 48-week treatment regimens.

In a 28-week treatment regimen in which patients received 4 weeks of PEGINTRON(TM) (peginterferon alfa-2b) and REBETOL(R) (ribavirin, USP) prior to the addition of boceprevir (800 mg TID), the rate of sustained virological response at 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR 12) was 57 percent (ITT).(1-3) Importantly, this treatment regimen provided an indication of early predictability of response, with patients who had undetectable virus (HCV-RNA) in plasma after 4 weeks of boceprevir treatment achieving an SVR 12 rate of 86 percent.

"These interim results are very encouraging, especially given the response seen with a shorter course of therapy in a difficult-to-treat patient population," said principal investigator Paul Kwo, M.D., associate professor of medicine and medical director, liver transplantation, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, who presented the data. "Boceprevir has been well tolerated by patients in this study, including in the longer duration treatment arms, and we look forward to further results from this ongoing study."

Overall, 77 percent of the 595 patients in the study were enrolled in the United States. African-Amer
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