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Primary objective is to measure sustained viral response given to continuation or prolongation of combined Pegasys&Copegus treatment
Secondary objective is to measure histological response given to continuation or prolongation of combined Pegasys&Copegus treatment measured by non-invasive methods
Prospective, multicentre, randomized, open-label comparative study
These patients can enter to the study at two time points:
- at week 16, if HCV RNS PCR measured at week 12 is positive and serum ALT > 1ULN, but decreased
- at week 28, if HCV RNS PCR measured at week 24 is still positive, but serum ALT < 2ULN.
Patients are randomized to one of the following arms:
- S (standard) group: Pegasys&Copegus combined therapy 180 mcg/week & weight/based 1000-1200 mg/day for a total of 48 weeks of treatment
- P (prolonged) group: Pegasys&Copegus combined therapy 180 mcg/week & -weight/based 1000-1200 mg/day for a total of 72 weeks of treatment.
After completing treatment period patients enter into a 24-week follow up.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Hepatitis C
peginterferon alfa-2a, ribavirin
Szt. László Hospital
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:44:12-0400
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