Strategic Treatment Optimization for HCV (STOPHCV1): a randomised controlled trial of ultrashort duration therapy for chronic hepatitis C
Cooke GS., Pett S., McCabe L., Jones C., Gilson R., Verma S., Ryder SD., Collier JD., Barclay ST., Ala A., Bhagani S., Nelson M., Ch’Ng C., Stone B., Wiselka M., Forton D., McPherson S., Halford R., Nguyen D., Smith D., Ansari A., Dennis E., Hudson F., Barnes EJ., Walker AS.
ABSTRACTBackgroundThe WHO has identified the need for a better understanding of which patients can be cured with ultrashort course hepatitis C (HCV) therapyMethods202 individuals with chronic HCV were randomised to fixed-duration shortened therapy (8 weeks) vs variable-duration ultrashort strategies (VUS1/2). Participants not cured following first-line treatment were retreated with 12 weeks’ sofosbuvir/ledipasvir/ribavirin. Primary outcome was sustained virological response 12 weeks (SVR12) after first-line treatment and retreatment. Participants were factorially randomised to receive ribavirin with first-line treatment.ResultsAll evaluable participants achieved SVR12 overall (197/197, 100%[95%CI 98-100]) demonstrating non-inferiority between fixed-duration and variable-duration strategies (difference 0% [95%CI −3.8%,+3.7%], 4% pre-specified non-inferiority margin). First-line SVR12 was 91%[86%-97%] (92/101) for fixed-duration vs 48%[39%-57%] (47/98) for variable-duration, but was significantly higher for VUS2 (72% [56%-87%] (23/32)) than VUS1 (36% [25%-48%] (24/66)). Overall first-line SVR12 was 72%[65%-78%] (70/101) without ribavirin and 68%[61%-76%] (69/98) with ribavirin (p=0.48). At treatment failure, the emergence of viral resistance was lower with ribavirin (12% [2%-30%] (3/26)) than without (38% [21%-58%] (11/29), p=0.01).ConclusionsUnsuccessful first-line short-course therapy did not compromise retreatment with sofosbuvir/ledipasvir/ribavirin (100% SVR12). SVR12 rates were significantly increased when ultrashort treatment varied between 4-7 weeks rather than 4-6 weeks. Ribavirin significantly reduced resistance emergence in those failing first-line therapy.RegistrationISRCTN 37915093.FundingNational Institutes of Health Research.