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Phase 2b Study of Boehringer Ingelheim's Interferon-Free Hepatitis C Treatment Shows Undetectable Virus in HCV Genotype-1 Patients 12 Weeks After Treatment Ended (SVR12)
Date:4/19/2012

BARCELONA, Spain and RIDGEFIELD, Conn., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New data from a pre-specified interim analysis of the Phase 2b SOUND-C2 study show that 68 percent of genotype-1 (GT1) hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients achieved sustained viral response 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12) with Boehringer Ingelheim's investigational direct-acting antiviral compounds – the protease inhibitor BI 201335 and polymerase inhibitor BI 207127 – plus ribavirin (RBV), without interferon. SVR12 has been highly correlated with SVR24, which is a recognized indicator of viral cure. These patients received combination therapy with BI 201335 once-daily (QD), BI 207127 twice-daily (BID) and RBV for 28 weeks. The SOUND-C2 study investigated interferon-free treatment in HCV GT1 patients, the most difficult genotype to treat, regardless of IL-28B status. Among study participants, 10 percent had compensated liver cirrhosis.

"Eliminating interferon from HCV treatment is an urgent need," said Stefan Zeuzem, M.D., Chief of the Department of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, and lead investigator of the study. "The antiviral activity of BI's all oral direct-acting antiviral compounds in the SOUND-C2 study demonstrates the potential for an interferon-free cure for HCV."

Furthermore, a separate arm of the SOUND-C2 study showed that after 16 weeks of interferon-free treatment, SVR12 was achieved in 59 percent of patients. Investigators presented relapse data broken out by genotype and IL-28B status. The rate of relapse in the treatment arms ranged between 2 and 10 percent for GT1b and GT1a-CC patients. There was a higher rate of relapse in GT1a non-CC patients, with relapse ranging from 0 to 40 percent. The full results from this interim analysis of SOUND-C2 are being presented on Saturday, April 21, at the International Liver Congress, the 47th Annual Meeting of the Euro
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