NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global research-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced that 34 abstracts from its chronic hepatitis C clinical development program have been accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting®, the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) in San Francisco from November 13-17, further demonstrating AbbVie's strong leadership and ongoing commitment to patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.
Presentations will highlight new data from Phase 3b studies of AbbVie's FDA-approved VIEKIRA PAK™ (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir tablets; dasabuvir tablets), taken with or without ribavirin (RBV), for adults with genotype 1 (GT1) chronic HCV infection, including studies of GT1 patients with chronic kidney disease and genotype 1b (GT1b) patients with compensated cirrhosis. Additionally, new clinical studies will be presented on AbbVie's HCV pipeline medicines, ABT-493 and ABT-530, focused on investigating pan-genotypic, ribavirin-free, once-daily treatment options that may allow for shorter treatment durations of as little as eight weeks.
"We are pleased to present new data from studies of the VIEKIRA PAK regimen in HCV patients, including those with chronic kidney disease and GT1b compensated cirrhosis," said Michael Severino, M.D., executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie. "These data, as well as our findings from our investigational compounds, further demonstrate AbbVie's firm commitment to supporting the care of patients with chronic HCV infection."
Select AbbVie clinical presentations include:
- RUBY-I: Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir + Dasabuvir +/- Ribavirin in Non-Cirrhotic HCV Genotype 1-infected Patients With Severe Renal Impairment or End-Stage Renal Disease; Pockros, P, et al.; Poster #1039; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT; Hepatitis C: Therapeutics (Approved Agents)
RUBY-I is an ongoing open-label study evaluating 3D+/-RBV in patients with stage four or five chronic kidney disease and GT1 infection.
- TURQUOISE-III: 12-Week Ribavirin-Free Regimen of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/r and Dasabuvir for Patients with HCV Genotype 1b and Cirrhosis; Poordad, F, et al.; Poster #1051; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT; Hepatitis C: Therapeutics (Approved Agents)
Hepatitis C virus infected patients have historically been more difficult to treat when they have cirrhosis. This poster reports on the safety and efficacy of the 3D regimen without RBV in patients with HCV GT1b infection and compensated cirrhosis. VIEKIRA PAK is not recommended for patients with decompensated liver disease.
- Efficacy, Change in MELD Score, and Safety by Baseline MELD Score in Patients With Compensated Cirrhosis Receiving Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/r and Dasabuvir Plus Ribavirin in Phase 3 TURQUOISE-II Trial; Jacobson, I, et al.; Poster #1106; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT; Hepatitis C: Therapeutics (Approved Agents)
Model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scores assess liver disease severity. In this analysis, the efficacy and safety of 3D+RBV and changes in MELD score by baseline MELD score is evaluated.
- Preliminary Safety and Efficacy Results in TOPAZ-II: A Phase 3b Study Evaluating Long-Term Clinical Outcomes in HCV Genotype 1-infected Patients Receiving Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/r and Dasabuvir +/-Ribavirin; Reau, N, et al.; Poster #1065; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT; Hepatitis C: Therapeutics (Approved Agents)
TOPAZ-I (ex-U.S.) and TOPAZ-II (U.S.) are evaluating the impact of SVR12 on the progression of liver disease through five years post-treatment in a broad population of HCV GT1-infected patients receiving 3D+/-RBV. This interim analysis reports on-treatment safety and efficacy of 3D+/-RBV among patients in the TOPAZ-II study.
- Long-Term Efficacy of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/r and Dasabuvir With or Without Ribavirin in HCV GT1-Infected Patients With or Without Cirrhosis; Zeuzem, S, et al.; Poster #1086; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT; Hepatitis C: Therapeutics (Approved Agents)
In this analysis, the efficacy through post-treatment week 48 of the 3D regimen in HCV GT1-infected patients with or without cirrhosis is examined.
- SVR4 Results in HCV Genotype 1 Non-Cirrhotic Treatment-Naïve or Pegylated Interferon/Ribavirin Null Responders with the Combination of the NS3/4A Protease Inhibitor ABT-493 and NS5A Inhibitor ABT-530 (SURVEYOR-1); Poordad, F, et al.; Oral presentation #41; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. PT; Parallel Session 5, Hep C Clinical Trials
In this Phase 2 study, treatment with ABT-493 and ABT-530 for 12 weeks is evaluated in HCV GT1-infected subjects without cirrhosis. Efficacy and safety results are reported.
- SVR4 Rates with the NS3/4A Protease Inhibitor ABT-493 and NS5A Inhibitor ABT-530 in Non-Cirrhotic Treatment-Naïve and Treatment-Experienced Patients With HCV Genotype 2 Infection (SURVEYOR-2); Wyles, D, et al.; Oral presentation #250; Tuesday, November 17, 2015; 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. PT; General Session, Parallel 37: Hepatitis C: Pre-approval Clinical Studies II
This presentation evaluates the efficacy and safety of ABT-493 and ABT-530 with or without RBV in non-cirrhotic GT2-infected treatment-naïve and pegylated interferon/RBV treatment-experienced subjects.
- SVR4 Rates with the NS3/4A Protease Inhibitor ABT-493 and NS5A Inhibitor ABT-530 in Non-Cirrhotic Treatment-Naïve and Treatment-Experienced Patients With HCV Genotype 3 Infection (SURVEYOR-2); Kwo, P, et al.; Oral presentation #248; Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 11:30 a.m.– 11:45 a.m. PT; General Session, Parallel 37: Hepatitis C: Pre-approval Clinical Studies II
This presentation evaluates the efficacy and safety of ABT-493 and ABT-530 with or without ribavirin (RBV) in non-cirrhotic GT3-infected treatment-naïve and pegylated interferon/RBV treatment-experienced subjects.
Select Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) abstracts include:
- Lifetime Risks of Liver Morbidity and Mortality in Patients with Chronic Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Virus and HIV Coinfection Treated with 3D±R (Ombitasvir/ Paritaprevir/ Ritonavir, Dasabuvir ± Ribavirin) vs other Standards of Care in the U.S.; Saab, S, et al.; Poster #1087; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT, Hepatitis C: Therapeutics (Approved Agents)
This study evaluates the lifetime risks of liver morbidity and mortality in patients with GT1 HCV and HIV coinfection treated with 3D±R for 12 or 24 weeks compared to other standards of care in the U.S.
- The Healthcare Cost Burden of HCV-infected Baby Boomers in the U.S.; Brookmeyer R, et al.; Poster #1068; Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT; Hepatitis C: Therapeutics (Approved Agents)
This study quantifies healthcare costs for 50-64 year-old "baby boomers" with HCV by diagnosis and insurance status.
The full AASLD 2015 scientific program can be found at www.aasld.org.
About VIEKIRA PAK
VIEKIRA PAK™ (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir tablets; dasabuvir tablets) is a prescription medicine used with or without ribavirin to treat adults with genotype 1 chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C (hep C) virus infection, including people who have a certain type of cirrhosis (compensated).
VIEKIRA is not for people with advanced cirrhosis (decompensated). If people have cirrhosis, they should talk to a healthcare provider before taking VIEKIRA.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
When taking VIEKIRA in combination with ribavirin, people should also read the Medication Guide that comes with ribavirin, especially the important pregnancy information.
What is the most important information to know about VIEKIRA?
VIEKIRA can cause increases in liver function blood test results, especially if people use ethinyl estradiol-containing medicines (such as some birth control products).
- Ethinyl estradiol-containing medicines (combination birth control pills or patches, such as Lo Loestrin® FE, Norinyl®, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo®, Ortho Evra®; hormonal vaginal rings such as NuvaRing®; and the hormone replacement therapy medicine, Fem HRT®) must be stopped before starting treatment with VIEKIRA. If these medicines are used as a method of birth control, another method must be used during treatment with VIEKIRA, and for about 2 weeks after treatment with VIEKIRA ends. A healthcare provider can provide instruction on when to begin taking ethinyl estradiol-containing medicines.
- A healthcare provider should do blood tests to check liver function during the first 4 weeks of treatment and then as needed.
- A healthcare provider may tell people to stop taking VIEKIRA if signs or symptoms of liver problems develop. A healthcare provider must be notified right away if any of the following symptoms develop or if they worsen during treatment with VIEKIRA: tiredness, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or color changes in stools.
VIEKIRA must not be taken if people:
- have severe liver problems
- take any of the following medicines: alfuzosin hydrochloride (Uroxatral®) • carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®) • efavirenz (Sustiva®, Atripla®) • ergot containing medicines, including ergotamine tartrate (Cafergot®, Migergot®, Ergomar®, Ergostat®, Medihaler®, Wigraine®, Wigrettes®), dihydroergotamine mesylate (D.H.E. 45®, Migranal®), methylergonovine (Ergotrate®, Methergine®) • ethinyl estradiol-containing medicines • gemfibrozil (Lopid®) • lovastatin (Advicor®, Altoprev®, Mevacor®) • midazolam (when taken by mouth) • phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®) • phenobarbital (Luminal®) • pimozide (Orap®) • rifampin (Rifadin®, Rifamate®, Rifater®, Rimactane®) • sildenafil citrate (Revatio®), when taken for pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) • simvastatin (Zocor®, Vytorin®, Simcor®) • St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) or a product that contains St. John's wort • triazolam (Halcion®)
- have had a severe skin rash after taking ritonavir (Norvir®)
What should people tell a healthcare provider before taking VIEKIRA?
- If they have: liver problems other than hep C infection, HIV infection, or any other medical conditions.
- If they have had a liver transplant. If they take the medicines tacrolimus (Prograf®) or cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®), a healthcare provider should check blood levels and, if needed, may change the dose of these medicines or how often they are taken, both during and after treatment with VIEKIRA.
- If they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or if they are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if VIEKIRA will harm a person's unborn baby or pass into breast milk. A healthcare provider should be consulted about the best way to feed a baby if taking VIEKIRA. Pregnant females who have both hep C and HIV infection should talk with a healthcare provider about enrolling in the antiretroviral pregnancy registry.
- About all the medicines they take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines interact with VIEKIRA.
- A new medicine must not be started without telling a healthcare provider. A healthcare provider will provide instruction on whether it is safe to take VIEKIRA with other medicines.
- When VIEKIRA is finished, a healthcare provider should be consulted on what to do if one of the usual medicines taken was stopped or if the dose changed during VIEKIRA treatment.
What are the common side effects of VIEKIRA?
- For VIEKIRA used with ribavirin, side effects include tiredness, nausea, itching, skin reactions such as redness or rash, sleep problems, and feeling weak.
- For VIEKIRA used without ribavirin, side effects include nausea, itching, and sleep problems.
These are not all of the possible side effects of VIEKIRA. A healthcare provider should be notified if there is any side effect that is bothersome or that does not go away.
This is the most important information to know about VIEKIRA. For more information, talk with a healthcare provider.
People are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide.
If people cannot afford their medication, they should contact www.pparx.org for assistance.
Additional Information about VIEKIRA PAK™
VIEKIRA PAK™ (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir tablets; dasabuvir tablets) has been studied in a broad range of genotype 1 (GT1) patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, ranging from treatment-naive to some of the most difficult to treat, such as patients with compensated (mild, Child-Pugh A) cirrhosis of the liver, HCV/HIV-1 co-infection, liver transplant recipients with normal hepatic function and mild fibrosis, and those who have failed previous treatment with pegylated interferon (pegIFN) and ribavirin (RBV). VIEKIRA PAK is not recommended in patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh B), and is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh C). VIEKIRA PAK consists of the fixed-dose combination of ombitasvir 25mg (an NS5A inhibitor), paritaprevir 150mg (an NS3/4A protease inhibitor), and ritonavir 100mg (an HIV-1 protease inhibitor), dosed once daily with a meal, and dasabuvir 250mg (a non-nucleoside NS5B palm polymerase inhibitor), dosed twice daily with a meal. VIEKIRA PAK is taken for 12 weeks, except in GT1a patients with cirrhosis, who should take it for 24 weeks. Ribavirin should be co-administered in GT1a patients, and in all patients who have cirrhosis or who have received a liver transplant.
Paritaprevir was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENTA) for HCV protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors. Paritaprevir is being investigated by AbbVie for use in combination with AbbVie's other investigational medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C.
For VIEKIRA PAK Full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, click here.
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