Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir in Patients With HCV and Advanced Kidney Disease

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Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir ± dasabuvir ± ribavirin treatment was safe and effective in patients with stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease, hepatitis C.

Treatment with ombitasvir (OBV)/paritaprevir (PTV)/ritonavir (r) ± dasabuvir (DSV) ± ribavirin (RBV) is well tolerated and provides a high sustained virologic response at posttreatment week 12 (SVR12) in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype (GT) 1 or 4 infection and stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to two phase 3, open-label, multicenter studies published in Kidney International Reports.1

HCV is a risk factor for progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and patients with ESRD also have a much higher incidence of HCV infection than the general population.2-4 While few direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens can be administered to patients with severe renal insufficiency,5,6 the DAA combination of OBV/PTV/r ± DSV contains 4 components that are eliminated via biliary excretion or are metabolized with minimal renal excretion.7 Researchers conducted 2 studies in which 1 study enrolled treatment-naïve or –experienced patients with HCV GT1a or 1b infection, with or without cirrhosis, to receive 12 weeks (24 weeks for GT1a patients with cirrhosis) of OBV/PTV/r + DSV.1 In addition, all GT1a patients received RBV.

In the second study, researchers enrolled treatment-naïve patients without cirrhosis to receive 12 weeks of RBV-free treatment; patients with GT1a infection received OBV/PTV/r + DSV while GT4-infected patients received OBV/PTV/r. Sixty-six patients were enrolled overall in both studies, including 50 (76%) on dialysis and 15 (23%) had compensated cirrhosis. They found the overall SVR12 rate to be 95% (63/66) with 1 patient having virologic failure; 3 patients discontinued the study due to adverse events; and 73% (27/37) of patients receiving RBV had adverse events that required RBV dose modification.   

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The authors concluded that, “these findings confirm the suitability of OBV/PTV/r ± DSV ± RBV as an [interferon] IFN-free DAA therapy for HCV-infected patients with ESRD, including those with compensated cirrhosis.”1


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