NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) announced that data from its ongoing Phase 1 through Phase 3 hepatitis C clinical development programs will be presented at The Liver Meeting®, the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) in Boston, November 7-11, 2014.
Abstracts will be presented highlighting results from AbbVie's investigational treatment combining three direct-acting antivirals (ABT-450/ritonavir, ombitasvir and dasabuvir) with or without ribavirin (RBV) in patients with genotype 1 (GT1) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. These abstracts include a Phase 2/3 study in patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) (TURQUOISE-I) and a Phase 2 study in liver transplant recipients without cirrhosis (CORAL-I).
Additionally, Phase 2 data will be presented from investigational studies evaluating the combination of ABT-450/ritonavir and ombitasvir with or without RBV in genotype 4 (GT4) patients (PEARL-I). AbbVie will also be presenting data from its two additional pipeline HCV compounds, ABT-493 and ABT-530.
Key AbbVie HCV Data at AASLD 2014 includes:
Additional HCV Data Highlights
The full list of accepted abstracts for The Liver Meeting can be accessed on www.aasld.org.
About AbbVie's HCV Clinical Development Program
The AbbVie HCV clinical development program is intended to advance scientific knowledge and clinical care by investigating interferon-free, all-oral treatments with and without ribavirin with the goal of producing high sustained virologic response rates in as many patients as possible. AbbVie's multinational Phase 3 program using an investigational treatment combining three direct-acting antivirals includes more than 2,300 patients in over 25 countries. The program is designed to identify ways to maximize response rates in a broad spectrum of GT1 patient populations, including those with compensated cirrhosis, liver transplant recipients and those with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 co-infection. AbbVie's development programs using all-oral investigational treatments combining two direct-acting antivirals are studying additional hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes.
AbbVie's pipeline of multiple direct-acting antiviral compounds for the treatment of hepatitis C aims to investigate interferon-free treatments that target multiple HCV genotypes.
ABT-450 was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENTA) for HCV protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors. ABT-450 is being developed by AbbVie for use in combination with AbbVie's other investigational medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C.
Safety Information for Ribavirin and Ritonavir
Ribavirin and ritonavir are not approved for the investigational uses discussed above, and no conclusions can or should be drawn regarding the safety or efficacy of these products for this use.
There are special safety considerations when prescribing these drugs in approved populations.
Ritonavir must not be used with certain medications due to significant drug-drug interactions and in patients with known hypersensitivity to ritonavir or any of its excipients.
Ribavirin monotherapy is not effective for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus and must not be used alone for this use. Ribavirin causes significant teratogenic effects and must not be used in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and in men whose female partners are pregnant. Ribavirin must not be used in patients with a history of severe pre-existing cardiac disease, severe hepatic dysfunction or decompensated cirrhosis of the liver, autoimmune hepatitis, hemoglobinopathies, or in combination with peginterferon alfa-2a in HIV/HCV co-infected patients with cirrhosis and Child-Pugh score >6.
See approved product labels for more information.
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. For further information on the company and its people, portfolio and commitments, please visit www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter or view careers on our Facebook or LinkedIn page.
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