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Patient-reported outcomes in individuals with hepatitis C virus infection treated with elbasvir/grazoprevir

Authors Ng X, Nwankwo C, Arduino JM, Corman S, Lasch KE, Lustrino JM, Patel S, Platt HL, Qiu J, Sperl J

Received 1 May 2018

Accepted for publication 16 August 2018

Published 11 December 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 2631—2638

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S172732

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen


Xinyi Ng,1 Chizoba Nwankwo,2 Jean Marie Arduino,2 Shelby Corman,1 Kathryn Eilene Lasch,1 Jacqueline Mary Lustrino,1 Sushma Patel,2 Heather Loryn Platt,2 Jingjun Qiu,2 Jan Sperl3

1Pharmerit International, LP, Bethesda, MD, USA; 2Merck & Co. Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA; 3Department of Hepatogastroenterology, Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose: People chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have diminished patient-reported outcomes (PROs). This study aimed to compare the impact of elbasvir/grazoprevir (EBR/GZR) treatment versus sofosbuvir with pegylated interferon and ribavirin (SOF/PR) on changes in PROs: 1) during the treatment period and 2) at posttreatment follow-up.
Patients and methods: PRO data collected during the Phase III C-EDGE Head-2-Head (H2H) open-label study was analyzed. In this trial, patients infected with HCV were randomized 1:1 to receive either EBR/GZR or SOF/PR for 12 weeks. Patients self-administered the Short Form-36 version 2 (SF-36v2®) Health Survey Acute (1-week recall) Form and the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-Fatigue) Scale at baseline, during treatment, and posttreatment. Between-group differences in mean change of PRO scores from baseline were estimated during the treatment period and also at the posttreatment follow-up. Effect sizes were calculated to evaluate if the detected change in mean PRO scores is clinically meaningful between groups.
Results: There were 255 patients (99.2% White, 54.1% female, 74.9% treatment naïve) included in the analysis. During the treatment period, significant declines in SF-36v2 scores were observed across all domains for the SOF/PR group. Compared to the SOF/PR group, the EBR/GZR group reported more improvement in scores across all SF-36v2 domain scores at the end of the treatment period. At treatment week 12, the between-group differences for 6 out of the 8 domain scores for these patients reflected at least moderate effects (effect sizes >0.5). No significant between-group differences in change in SF-36v2 scores from baseline were detected posttreatment. The decline in SF-36v2 scores observed during the treatment period for the SOF/PR group returned to near baseline scores or above posttreatment. Treatment with EBR/GZR did not impact fatigue scores, but treatment with SOF/PR led to increased fatigue scores during treatment which resolved by posttreatment follow-up week 12.
Conclusion: This study demonstrated that HCV treatment with EBR/GZR resulted in a significantly better PRO profile as compared to SOF/PR. PROs are an important consideration as worsening PROs experienced during treatment may negatively influence adherence and ultimately contribute to an unfavorable clinical outcome.
Clinical trials.gov Identifier: NCT02358044

Keywords: hepatitis, direct-acting antivirals, health-related quality of life, fatigue, patient-reported outcomes

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