Adefovir Plus Vaccination in Transplant Patients Without Hepatitis B That Receive a Core Antibody Positive Liver

2014-08-27 03:12:49 | BioPortfolio


The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of adefovir (ADV) in preventing de novo Hepatitis B in patients who receive Hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb) positive grafts but who are not Hepatitis B Surface antigen (HBsAg) positive prior to transplant (Hepatitis B naive patients). The second objective is to evaluate the efficacy of accelerated vaccination with Hepatitis B in inducing innate immunity, thereby obviating the need for life-long antiviral therapy.


The investigators will conduct a prospective, open-label study of Hepatitis B naive patients who received HBcAb + livers and adefovir prophylaxis post-transplant. At one year to 18 months following transplantation, all study patients will then be vaccinated with standard Hepatitis B vaccine at double dose on a monthly basis for three months, at which point they will be tested for Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb). Any study patients that have developed a sufficient antibody response (HBsAb >500 IU) will be given the option to discontinue anti-viral treatment in a monitored setting.

Study Design

Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Hepatitis B


Adefovir dipivoxil and hepatitis B vaccination


Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center
New York
New York
United States


Active, not recruiting


Columbia University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:12:49-0400

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