Real-Life Use of 3 Direct-Acting Antiviral Regimen in a Large Cohort of Patients with Genotype-1b HCV Compensated Cirrhosis

2017 Journal of Gastrointestinal & Liver Diseases 26;3 (275-281)

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/ritonavir/Dasabuvir (OBV/PTV/r+DSV) is one of the elective direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) recommended by international guidelines and the only one covered by the National Insurance System in Romania until November 2016. Our aim was to present the first prospective Romanian cohort evaluating the effectiveness and safety in clinical practice of this 3DAA combination in patients with HCV genotype-1b Child A liver cirrhosis. METHODS: 681 patients received OBV/PTV/r+DSV+RBV for 12 weeks and were assessed clinically and biologically at baseline, week 4, 8, 12 (end of treatment, EOT), and 12 weeks after therapy (sustained viral response, SVR). RESULTS: Per protocol, EOT virological response was 99.8% and SVR12 rate was 99.4%. Adverse events were present in 36.4% of patients. Permanent discontinuation of 3DAA regimen due to side effects was reported in 11 patients (1.6%). In 47.6% (185/389) of patients, Transient Elastography values were >20kPa (defined as clinically significant portal hypertension, CSPH) at baseline. Independent variables associated with CSPH were: baseline cholesterol level (p=0.003), platelet count