April 8, 2015

AbbVie to Present New Data from Hepatitis C Clinical Development Program at The International Liver Congress™ 2015

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- 29 abstracts, including sub-analyses of AbbVie's approved treatment of VIEKIRAX® + EXVIERA®, as well as new data from Phase 3b development program and AbbVie's HCV pipeline compounds

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) today announced that 29 abstracts from its ongoing hepatitis C clinical development program have been accepted for presentation during The International Liver CongressTM (ILC) 2015 in Vienna, Austria from April 22-26. Data being presented include sub-analyses of the recently approved VIEKIRAX® (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir tablets) + EXVIERA® (dasabuvir tablets), Phase 3b studies, including a head-to-head comparison of AbbVie's three direct-acting antiviral treatment with telaprevir-based therapy and Phase 2/3 studies investigating AbbVie's combination treatment in genotype 1 (GT1) and genotype 4 (GT4). Additionally, data from Phase 1 studies of ABT-493 and ABT-530 will be presented.

"We are pleased to present new investigational data at ILC that reinforces our broad HCV clinical development program beyond the approval of VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA," said Michael Severino, M.D., executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie. "We are studying the diverse populations seen in clinical practice and expanding our research and development, including our new HCV pipeline compounds."

AbbVie's ongoing HCV pipeline development program focuses on investigating a pan-genotypic, ribavirin (RBV)-free, once-daily treatment that may also allow for treatment durations of as little as eight weeks. Preliminary results from a Phase 2b study (n=79) of ABT-493 and ABT-530 in non-cirrhotic GT1 patients receiving the RBV-free recommended regimen for 12 weeks demonstrated a sustained virologic response rate at four weeks post treatment (SVR4) of 99 percent (n=78/79). These results, announced for the first time today, included both GT1a and GT1b, treatment-naïve and pegylated-interferon and RBV prior null responders. Patients across both study arms were randomized to receive ABT-493 (200mg) and either 120mg or 40mg of ABT-530. To date, the most common (>5 percent) adverse reactions were fatigue, headache, nausea, diarrhea and anxiety. Data from these Phase 2b studies of ABT-493 and ABT-530 will not be presented at ILC 2015, and will be released at future medical congresses.

Abstracts for AbbVie's HCV Pipeline Compounds:

  • Pharmacokinetics of ABT-493 and ABT-530 is Similar in Healthy Caucasian, Chinese and Japanese Adult Subjects; Wang, T; ePoster # P0855
  • Steady-state Pharmacokinetics and Safety of Co-administration of Pan-genotypic, Direct Acting Protease Inhibitor, ABT-493 with Pan-genotypic NS5A Inhibitor, ABT-530, in Healthy Adult Subjects; Lin, C; ePoster # P0715

Abstracts for Approved VIEKIRAX and EXVIERA:

  • Long-Term Follow-up of Treatment-emergent Resistance-associated Variants in NS3, NS5A and NS5B with Paritaprevir/r-, Ombitasvir- and Dasabuvir-based Regimens; Krishnan, P; Oral Presentation, Viral Hepatitis C: Clinical Session, Friday, April 24 at 4:15pm–4:30pm CEST; # O057
  • Implications of Baseline HCV RNA Level and Intrapatient Viral Load Variability on OBV/PTV/R + DSV 12-Weeks Treatment Outcomes; Brown, R; ePoster # LP39
  • High SVR Rates Despite Multiple Negative Predictors in Genotype 1 Patients Receiving Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/R, Dasabuvir with or without Ribavirin for 12 and 24 Weeks: Integrated Analysis of Six Phase 3 Trials; Bernstein, D; ePoster # P0781
  • Pharmacokinetics of Paritaprevir, Ombitasvir, Ritonavir and Ribavirin in Subjects with HCV Genotype 4 Infection; Eckert, D; ePoster # P0823
  • Improvement in Liver Function and Non-Invasive Estimates of Liver Fibrosis 48 Weeks After Treatment with Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/R, Dasabuvir and Ribavirin in HCV Genotype 1 Patients with Cirrhosis; Wedemeyer, H; ePoster # P0808
  • Pharmacokinetics of Paritaprevir, Ombitasvir, Dasabuvir, Ritonavir and Ribavirin in Subjects with HCV Genotype 1 Infection in Phase 3 Studies; Mensing, S; Khatri, A; ePoster # P0820
  • Exposure-Response Analyses for Efficacy (SVR12) for the Direct Acting Antiviral Regimen of ABT-450/R, Ombitasvir with Dasabuvir ± Ribavirin in Subjects with HCV Genotype 1 Infection; Khatri, A; ePoster # P0902
  • Adherence to Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/R, Dasabuvir, and Ribavirin is >98% in the SAPPHIRE-I and SAPPHIRE-II Trials; Hassanein, T; ePoster # P0908

Abstracts for Phase 3b Program:

  • Safety of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir Plus Dasabuvir for Treating HCV GT1 Infection in Patients with Severe Renal Impairment or End-stage Renal Disease: The RUBY-I Study; Pockros, P; Oral Presentation, Late Breakers Session, Saturday, April 25 at 4:00pm–4:15pm CEST
  • MALACHITE-I: Phase 3b Trial of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/R and Dasabuvir+/-Ribavirin or Telaprevir + Peginterferon/Ribavirin in Treatment-Naïve Adults with HCV Genotype 1; Conway, B; ePoster # P0842
  • MALACHITE-II: Phase 3b Trial of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/R and Dasabuvir + Ribavirin or Telaprevir + Peginterferon/Ribavirin in Peginterferon/Ribavirin Treatment-Experienced Adults with HCV Genotype 1; Dore, G; ePoster # P0847
  • Phase 3b Studies to Assess Long-term Clinical Outcomes in HCV GT1-Infected Patients Treated with Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir and Dasabuvir with or without Ribavirin; Dumas, E; ePoster # P1331

Abstracts for AbbVie's HCV Investigational Treatment:

  • Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir for Treatment of HCV Genotype 1b in Japanese Patients with or without Cirrhosis: Results from GIFT-I; Sato, K; Rodrigues-Jr, L; Oral Presentation, General Session 3 & Award Ceremony 2: Saturday, April 25 at 8:30am–8:45am CEST; # G13
  • A Randomized, Open-label Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir Co-administered with Ribavirin in Adults with Genotype 4 Chronic Hepatitis C Infection and Cirrhosis; Asselah, T; ePoster # P1345
  • An Open-label Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Co-formulated Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir with Ribavirin in Adults with Chronic HCV Genotype 4 Infection in Egypt; Doss, W; ePoster # P1351
  • No Significant Interaction Among Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir ± Dasabuvir and Sofosbuvir; King, J; ePoster # P0905

Abstracts for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) and Other AbbVie Data:

  • The Public Health Value of Sparing Livers for Transplantation Through Systematic Treatment of Hepatitis C; Stevens, W; Juday, T; ePoster # P0025
  • Healthcare Costs by Stage of Liver Disease in Chronic Hepatitis C Patients in the United States; Walker, D; ePoster # P0719
  • The Value of Survival Benefits from Treating Hepatitis C at Different Fibrosis Stages with All-oral, Interferon-free Therapy Relative to 'Watchful Waiting'; Gonzalez, Y; ePoster # P0806
  • Cost-effectiveness of Treating Different Stages of Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) with AbbVie 3D (ABT-450/Ritonavir/Ombitasvir and Dasabuvir) +/- Ribavirin Compared to No Treatment in the United States; Samp, J; ePoster # P0815
  • Reduction in Annual Medical Costs with Early Treatment of HCV Using AbbVie 3D (ABT-450/Ritonavir/Ombitasvir and Dasabuvir) +/- Ribavirin in the United States; Samp, J; ePoster # P0816
  • Percent of Subjects Experiencing Liver Morbidity Over A Lifetime Horizon with AbbVie 3D (ABT-450/Ritonavir/Ombitasvir And Dasabuvir) Versus No Treatment; Samp, J; ePoster # P0850
  • Public Health Impact of HCV Screening and Treatment in the French Baby-boomer Population; Ethgen, O; ePoster # P1245
  • Impact of Pill Count on Medication Adherence During the First 12 Weeks of HIV Antiviral Treatment: Implications for HCV Treatment; Walker, D; ePoster # P0741
  • The Impact of Ribavirin on Real World Adherence and Discontinuation Rates in HCV Patients Treated with Sofosbuvir + Simeprevir; Walker, D; Juday, T; ePoster # P0864    
  • Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir /Ritonavir and Dasabuvir with Ribavirin (RBV) has Minimal Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) Compared with Placebo During 12-Week Treatment in Treatment-Naïve Adults with Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC); Liu, Y; ePoster # P0873
  • Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir /Ritonavir and Dasabuvir with Ribavirin (RBV) has Mild Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) Compared with Placebo During 12-Week Treatment in Treatment-Experienced Adults with Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC); Liu, Y; ePoster # P0856

The full ILC 2015 scientific program can be found at www.ilc-congress.eu/.


VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA is approved in the European Union for the treatment of genotype 1 (GT1) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, including patients with compensated cirrhosis. VIEKIRAX is approved in the European Union for the treatment of genotype 4 (GT4) chronic HCV infection.

VIEKIRAX consists of the fixed-dose combination of paritaprevir 150mg (NS3/4A protease inhibitor) and ritonavir 100mg with ombitasvir 25mg (NS5A inhibitor), dosed once daily, and EXVIERA consists of dasabuvir 250mg (non-nucleoside NS5B polymerase inhibitor) dosed twice daily taken with or without ribavirin, dosed twice daily. VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA is taken for 12 weeks with or without RBV, except in GT1a and GT4 patients with compensated cirrhosis, who should take it for 24 weeks.

Paritaprevir was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENTA) for hepatitis C protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors. Paritaprevir has been developed by AbbVie for use in combination with AbbVie's other investigational medicines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C.

Additional information about AbbVie's hepatitis C development program can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov.

EU Indication

VIEKIRAX is indicated in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in adults. EXVIERA is indicated in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in adults.

Important EU Safety Information

VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA are contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh C). Patients taking ethinyl estradiol-containing medicinal products must discontinue them and switch to an alternative method of contraception prior to initiating VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA. Do not give VIEKIRAX with certain drugs that are sensitive CYP3A substrates or strong inhibitors of CYP3A. Do not give VIEKIRAX and EXVIERA with strong or moderate enzyme inducers. Do not give EXVIERA with certain drugs that are strong inhibitors of CYP2C8.

Special warnings and precautions for use:

VIEKIRAX and EXVIERA are not recommended as monotherapy and should be used in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of hepatitis C infection.

Pregnancy and concomitant use with ribavirin
When VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA are used in combination with ribavirin, women of childbearing potential or their male partners must use an effective form of contraception during the treatment and 6 months after the treatment. Refer to the Summary of Product Characteristics for ribavirin for additional information.

ALT elevations
Transient elevations of ALT to >5x ULN without concomitant elevations of bilirubin occurred in clinical trials with VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA and were more frequent in a subgroup who were using ethinyl estradiol-containing contraceptives.

Use with concomitant medicinal products
Use caution when administering VIEKIRAX with fluticasone or other glucocorticoids that are metabolized by CYP3A4. A reduction in colchicine dosage or interruption in colchicine is recommended in patients with normal renal or hepatic function. VIEKIRAX with or without EXVIERA is expected to increase exposure of statins so certain statins need to be discontinued or dosages reduced. Low dose ritonavir, which is part of VIEKIRAX, may select for PI resistance in HIV co-infected patients without ongoing antiretroviral therapy. HIV co-infected patients without suppressive antiretroviral therapy should not be treated with VIEKIRAX.

Adverse Reactions
Most common (>20 percent) adverse reactions for VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA with RBV were fatigue and nausea.

Full summary of product characteristics is available at www.ema.europa.eu.

Globally, prescribing information varies; refer to the individual country product label for complete information.

About AbbVie

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 more than 26,000 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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