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Professor of Medicine and Director of Hepatology Section in Division of Gastroenterology, Gregory T. Everson, M.D., FACP conducted research with other colleagues on chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Preliminary Study of Two Antiviral Agents for Hepatitis C Genotype . New England Journal of Medicine 2012, 366:216-224.
Patients with chronic HCV infection who have not had a response to therapy with peginterferon and ribavirin may benefit from the addition of multiple direct-acting antiviral agents to their treatment. This open-label, phase 2a study included an exploratory cohort of 21 patients with chronic HCV genotype 1 infection who had not had a response to previous therapy (i.e., had not had ≥2 log10 decline in HCV RNA after ≥12 weeks of treatment with peginterferon and ribavirin). The team randomly assigned patients to receive the NS5A replication complex inhibitor daclatasvir (60 mg once daily) and the NS3 protease inhibitor asunaprevir (600 mg twice daily) alone (group A, 11 patients) or in combination with peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin (group B, 10 patients) for 24 weeks. The primary end point was the percentage of patients with a sustained virologic response 12 weeks after the end of the treatment period.
This preliminary study involving patients with HCV genotype 1 infection who had not had a response to prior therapy showed that a sustained virologic response can be achieved with two direct-acting antiviral agents only. In addition, a high rate of sustained virologic response was achieved when the two direct-acting antiviral agents were combined with peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin.