Safety and efficacy of simeprevir plus sofosbuvir with or without ribavirin in patients with decompensated genotype 1 hepatitis C cirrhosis.
Apurva Ashok Modi M.D.
Modi, A. A., H. Nazario, J. F. Trotter, M. Gautam, J. Weinstein, P. Mantry, M. Barnes, A. Habib, J. McAfee, O. Teachenor, L. Tujague and S. Gonzalez (2016). “Safety and efficacy of simeprevir plus sofosbuvir with or without ribavirin in patients with decompensated genotype 1 hepatitis C cirrhosis.” Liver Transpl 22(3): 281-286
Combination antiviral therapy involving sofosbuvir (SOF) and simeprevir (SIM) is a treatment option in patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C; however, the safety of this regimen in patients with decompensated cirrhosis is not established. Data from a combined treatment cohort of 2 large hepatology referral centers were evaluated to assess for safety and efficacy of SIM plus SOF with or without ribavirin (RBV) in patients with Child B or C cirrhosis. All (n = 42) patients included in the analysis had Child B (n = 35) or C (n = 7) cirrhosis and received 400 mg daily of SOF plus 150 mg daily of SIM, with (n = 7) or without (n = 35) RBV, for 12 weeks. Of the 42 patients in this cohort, 31 (74%) were male, 22 (52%) had failed prior treatments, and 28 (67%) were genotype 1a. Prior decompensating events included encephalopathy (57%), fluid overload (88%), or variceal hemorrhage (24%). Median Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score was 12 (range, 6-25). Treatment was well tolerated overall with more than one-half (57%) reporting no adverse events. In those reporting adverse events, the most common were fatigue (n = 6), insomnia (n = 4), headache (n = 5), nausea (n = 4), and grade 1 rash (n = 1). One patient developed chemical pancreatitis that did not require treatment discontinuation. Three of 7 patients who received RBV developed anemia, with 2 requiring blood transfusions and 1 requiring a dose reduction. No episodes of decompensation requiring hospitalization or deaths occurred on treatment. Of 42 patients, 38 (90%) patients had negative viral load at end of treatment (EOT), and 31 of 42 patients (74%) achieved sustained virological response 12 weeks after EOT; 10 of 10 patients (100%) with HCV genotype 1b achieved sustained virological response for 12 weeks (SVR12). In conclusion, SOF plus SIM was very well tolerated in patients with advanced Child B/C decompensated cirrhosis. Overall, 74% of patients achieved SVR12; 100% of patients with genotype 1b decompensated cirrhosis achieved SVR12.