Thursday, October 18, 2012

Simeprevir (TMC435) Data In Hepatitis C To Be Presented At The AASLD

SOURCE Janssen Research & Development Ireland (Janssen)

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Research & Development Ireland (Janssen) will present new data on simeprevir (TMC435), an investigational protease inhibitor, in hepatitis C (HCV) patients at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), which takes place November 9 to 13 in Boston.

"We are pleased that these data have been selected for presentation at the AASLD annual meeting," said Wim Parys, Head of Infectious Diseases, Janssen. "The data represent an important step forward in Janssen's efforts to understand the potential utility of simeprevir in a number of different treatment combinations and hepatitis C patient populations."
Simeprevir is being studied in Phase III trials as a once-daily oral treatment in combination with pegylated interferon (IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) for genotype 1 HCV patients. It is also being studied in separate Phase II studies with other direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents as part of IFN-free regimens, with and without RBV.

The data to be presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the AASLD include:

Oral Presentation: Parallel Session 12, HCV New Agents: Hard to Treat Patients, Hynes Ballroom B & C, November 11, 4:45 - 6:15 p.m. (ET)

  • Efficacy and tolerability of TMC435 150 mg once daily with peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin for treatment of HCV genotype 1 infection in patients with Metavir score F3 and F4 (PILLAR and ASPIRE trials)
    • Lead Author: Fred Poordad, M.D., Alamo Medical Research Center, San Antonio, TX
  • No clinically significant interaction between the investigational HCV protease inhibitor TMC435 and the immunosuppressives cyclosporine and tacrolimus
    • Lead Author: Sivi Ouwerkerk-Mahadevan, M.D., Janssen Research & Development

Poster Presentations: Clinical HCV 1, Poster Hall, November 11, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)

  • Safety and tolerability of TMC435 in combination with peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin for treatment of HCV genotype 1 infection in treatment-naive and -experienced patients (Phase IIb PILLAR and ASPIRE trials)
    • Lead Author: Michael W. Fried, M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • No pharmacokinetic interaction between the investigational HCV protease inhibitor TMC435 and an oral contraceptive containing ethinylestradiol and norethindrone
    • Lead Author: Sivi Ouwerkerk-Mahadevan, M.D., Janssen Research & Development
About Simeprevir Simeprevir (TMC435) is an NS3/4A protease inhibitor jointly developed by Janssen and Medivir AB to treat chronic hepatitis C (HCV). Simeprevir is being studied in combination with pegylated interferon (IFN) and ribavirin (RBV), and in combination with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents in all oral IFN- free regimens, with and without RBV.
Global Phase III studies of simeprevir include QUEST-1 and QUEST-2 in treatment-naive patients, PROMISE in patients who have relapsed after prior IFN-based treatment and ATTAIN in treatment-experienced patients. In parallel to these trials, Phase III studies for simeprevir are ongoing in both treatment-naive and treatment-experienced HIV-HCV co-infected patients, HCV genotype 4 infected patients and in Japanese HCV genotype 1 patients.

Simeprevir is also being studied in Phase II IFN-free trials with or without RBV in combination with:
Janssen's TMC647055 and ritonavir in treatment-naive, relapser or null responder HCV genotype 1 patients;

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.'s sofosbuvir (GS-7977) in null responder HCV genotype 1 patients; and
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb's daclatasvir in treatment-naive or previous null responder HCV genotype 1 patients.
For additional information about simeprevir, please visit

About Hepatitis C  Hepatitis C (HCV), a blood-borne infectious disease of the liver and a leading cause of chronic liver disease and liver transplants, is a rapidly evolving treatment area with a clear need for innovative treatments. Approximately 170 to 210 million people are infected with HCV worldwide, with three to four million people newly infected each year.

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