Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sofosbuvir, Velpatasvir and Voxilaprevir combination for the treatment of hepatitis C- Review Article

Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Jul 4. doi: 10.1080/17474124.2017.1351295.
[Epub ahead of print]

Sofosbuvir, Velpatasvir and Voxilaprevir combination for the treatment of hepatitis C
Rebecca Voaklander & Ira M Jacobson

Received 19 Apr 2017, Accepted 03 Jul 2017, Accepted author version posted online: 04 Jul 2017

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The advent of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatments for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has dramatically increased rates of cure. However, there remain difficult-to-treat populations, including patients with genotype 3 infection and cirrhosis, and limited salvage treatment options for those that have failed first-line DAA therapy.

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This is a review of the preclinical and clinical development of sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir (SOF/VEL/VOX), an interferon-free, oral, once daily, pangenotypic treatment for chronic HCV infection. All relevant literature from 2015 through June of 2017 is included.

Expert commentary
Voxilaprevir, a second-generation HCV protease inhibitor, in combination with the already approved combination of sofosbuvir and velpatasvir, was evaluated in the POLARIS trials and found to be a safe and effective regimen. Patients with prior DAA treatment failure, genotype 3, cirrhosis and/or unfavorable resistance profiles all achieved cure rates of 96% or greater. The most distinctive role for this potent regimen may prove to be as a salvage regimen for patients who have failed previous DAA therapy.

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