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US expands use of AbbVie’s hep C therapy Viekira Pak 

The FDA allows for expanded uses of AbbVie’s hepatitis C therapy Viekira Pak, for difficult-to-treat sub-population of patients.

US regulators have expanded the approved indications for AbbVie’s hepatitis C therapy Viekira Pak, offering a potential cure to a difficult-to-treat sub-population of patients.

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared use of Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir tablets; dasabuvir tablets) without ribavirin (RBV) in patients with genotype 1b (GT1b) chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection who also have compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A).

The therapy was approved in the US in December last year for use – with or without RBV – to treat adults with GT1 chronic forms of the disease, after clinical trials showed 95%-100% cure rates and a good tolerability profile.

Its expanded approval comes after data from the TURQUOISE-III study demonstrated 100 percent sustained virologic response at 12 weeks post-treatment (SVR12) in patients with GT1b and compensated cirrhosis, with none discontinuing treatment due to adverse events.

“This approval is especially significant because patients with chronic HCV with compensated cirrhosis are among the tough to treat, and in our study VIEKIRA PAK demonstrated 100 percent cure rates in GT1b patients without the use of ribavirin,’ noted Michael Severino, AbbVie’s chief scientific officer.

Read Full Article: US expands use of AbbVie’s hep C therapy Viekira Pak – PharmaTimes

Read Full Article: US expands use of AbbVie’s hep C therapy Viekira Pak – PharmaTimes

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