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Liver Transpl. 2016 Mar;22(3):281-6. doi: 10.1002/lt.24324.

Safety and efficacy of simeprevir plus sofosbuvir with or without ribavirin in patients with decompensated genotype 1 hepatitis C cirrhosis.

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Liver Consultants of Texas, Baylor Simmons Transplant Center, Fort Worth, TX.
Liver Institute, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, TX.


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.

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