Sofosbuvir and ribavirin in adolescents 12-17 years old with hepatitis C virus genotype 2 or 3 infection

Stefan Wirth, Philip Rosenthal, Regino P. Gonzalez-Peralta, Maureen M. Jonas, William F. Balistreri, Chuan Hao Lin, Winita Hardikar, Kathryn Kersey, Benedetta Massetto, Bittoo Kanwar, Diana M. Brainard, Jiang Shao, Evguenia Svarovskaia, Brian Kirby, Ronen Arnon, Karen F. Murray, Kathleen B. Schwarz

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Children with chronic hepatitis C virus infection have limited treatment options. We evaluated the all-oral combination of sofosbuvir and ribavirin in adolescents aged 12-17 with hepatitis C virus genotype 2 or 3 ( NCT02175758). Fifty-two patients received sofosbuvir 400 mg once daily and weight-based ribavirin twice daily for 12 (genotype 2) or 24 (genotype 3) weeks. The pharmacokinetics of sofosbuvir and its metabolite GS-331007 were evaluated by intensive plasma sampling at day 7 in the first 10 patients enrolled and by sparse sampling in all patients throughout treatment. The primary efficacy endpoint was the percentage of patients with a sustained virologic response 12 weeks after treatment (SVR12). The median age of patients was 15 years, and 75% had genotype 3. Eighty-three percent of patients were treatment-naive, and 73% were infected by vertical transmission. Forty percent were assessed as not having cirrhosis; the remainder did not have a cirrhosis determination. Overall, SVR12 was achieved by 98% of patients (51/52; 95% confidence interval, 90%-100%). SVR12 rates were 100% (13/13) for patients with genotype 2 and 97% (38/39) for those with genotype 3. The single patient who did not achieve SVR12 was lost to follow-up after achieving SVR4. The most commonly reported adverse events were nausea (27%) and headache (23%). When compared with the exposure in adults treated in phase 2 and 3 sofosbuvir studies, the area under the curve and maximum concentration for sofosbuvir and GS-331007 in adolescents were within predefined pharmacokinetic equivalence boundaries of 50%-200%. Conclusion: Sofosbuvir and ribavirin was safe and highly effective in adolescents with chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 2 or 3 infection. (Hepatology 2017;66:1102-1110).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1102-1110
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2017


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