Showing posts with label ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ ritonavir (OBV/PTV/r). Show all posts
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hepatitis C - Effectiveness of dasabuvir/ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir

Effectiveness of dasabuvir/ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir for hepatitis C virus in clinical practice: A population-based observational study
Maya Leventer-Roberts , Ariel Hammerman, Ilan Brufman, Moshe Hoshen, Marius Braun, Yaffa Ashur, Nicky Lieberman, Ran Balicer

Published: July 7, 2017
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176858

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Abstract
Background
Direct acting antivirals for hepatitis C virus have shown dramatic results in clinical trials. However, their effectiveness has yet to be demonstrated within observational cohorts which lack exclusion criteria found in randomized control trials.

Aim
To determine the effectiveness of dasabuvir/ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir in achieving sustained virological response.

Methods
Retrospective observational cohort study of all Clalit Health Services members with hepatitis C virus genotype 1 who were dispensed dasabuvir/ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir from January 1, 2015 to-November 31, 2015.

Results
There were 564 participants during the study period. The average age was 61.9 years, 52.0% were male, and 61.5% were born Eastern/Central Europe or Central Asia. The prevalence of diabetes was 31.7% and 70.3% were overweight/obese. Cirrhosis was present in 41.0% of participants, of whom 52.8% had stage 4 fibrosis. Of the cohort, 416 (74.8%) had follow-up viral load testing at 10 or more weeks after the end of treatment. We report a sustained virological response of 98.8% among those tested.

Conclusions
Treatment with dasabuvir/ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir demonstrated a near universal effectiveness in achieving a sustained virological response among HCV patients in a large cohort.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Safety of the 2D/3D direct acting antiviral regimen in HCV-induced Child-Pugh A cirrhosis - a pooled analysis

Journal of Hepatology -
Articles in Press

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhep.2017.06.011
Publication stage: In Press Accepted Manuscript
Published online: June 20, 2017

Safety of the 2D/3D direct acting antiviral regimen in HCV-induced Child-Pugh A cirrhosis - a pooled analysis
Fred Poordad Correspondence information about the author Fred Poordad Email the author Fred Poordad , David R. Nelson, Jordan J. Feld, Michael W. Fried, Heiner Wedemeyer, Lois Larsen, Daniel E. Cohen, Eric Cohen, Niloufar Mobashery, Fernando Tatsch, Graham R. Foster

Highlights
  • OBV/PTV/r ± DSV ± RBV was well-tolerated in patients with Child-Pugh A cirrhosis.
  • Low rates of serious adverse events and those leading to discontinuation of study drugs.
  • Events consistent with hepatic decompensation occurred in 1.2% of patients (13/1066)
  • Decompensation events occurred across the treatment period and post-treatment.
  • Rates of decompensation events were comparable in treated and untreated patients.

Abstract
Background & aims

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients with cirrhosis are a high-priority population for treatment. To help inform the benefit–risk profile of the all-oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA) combination regimen of ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir (OBV/PTV/r ± DSV) in patients with Child-Pugh A cirrhosis, we undertook a comprehensive review of AbbVie-sponsored clinical trials enrolling patients with Child-Pugh A cirrhosis.

Methods

Twelve phase II or III clinical trials of the 2-DAA regimen of OBV/PTV/r ± ribavirin (RBV) or the 3-DAA regimen of OBV/PTV/r + DSV ± RBV that included patients with Child-Pugh A cirrhosis were reviewed; patients who completed treatment by November 16, 2015 were included in a pooled, post hoc safety assessment. The number and percentage of patients with treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs), serious TEAEs, and TEAEs consistent with hepatic decompensation were reported.

Results

In 1066 patients with Child-Pugh A cirrhosis, rates of serious TEAEs and TEAEs leading to study drug discontinuation were 5.3% (95% CI: 4.1–6.8) and 2.2% (95% CI: 1.4–3.2), respectively. Thirteen patients (1.2%; 95% CI: 0.7–2.1) had a TEAE that was consistent with hepatic decompensation. The most frequent TEAEs consistent with hepatic decompensation were ascites (n=8), esophageal variceal hemorrhage (n=4), and hepatic encephalopathy (n=2).

Conclusions

This pooled analysis in 1066 HCV-infected patients with Child-Pugh A cirrhosis confirms the safety of OBV/PTV/r ± DSV ± RBV in this population. These results support the use of OBV/PTV/r ± DSV ± RBV in this high-priority population.

Lay summary

This pooled safety analysis in 1066 HCV-infected patients with compensated cirrhosis, receiving treatment with ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir with or without dasabuvir, with or without ribavirin, shows that the rate of hepatic decompensation events was comparable to rates from historical reports for untreated patients.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

APASL 2017 - Triple DAA combo containing ritonavir effective, safe for HCV GT1b in Asians


Triple DAA combo containing ritonavir effective, safe for HCV GT1b in Asians
13 hours ago, Pearl Toh
A combination of the direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (OBV/PTV/r) and dasabuvir (DSV) resulted in sustained virologic response at post-treatment week 12 (SVR12) in almost all Asian adult patients with genotype 1b (GT1b) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection without cirrhosis, according to the ONYX-I* study presented at the recent Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver Annual Meeting (APASL 2017) held in Shanghai, China.

July 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ABBVIE - NEW DATA FOR ITS INVESTIGATIONAL HEPATITIS C TREATMENT IN JAPANESE PATIENTS WITH AND WITHOUT CIRRHOSIS

ABBVIE PRESENTS NEW DATA FOR ITS INVESTIGATIONAL HEPATITIS C TREATMENT IN JAPANESE PATIENTS WITH AND WITHOUT CIRRHOSIS

- NEW DATA FROM GIFT-I STUDY PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY OF HEPATOLOGY

- PRIMARY ENDPOINT OF 95 PERCENT AND SECONDARY ENDPOINT OF 91 PERCENT SVR12 ACHIEVED IN GENOTYPE 1B HEPATITIS C VIRUS INFECTED JAPANESE PATIENTS WITHOUT AND WITH COMPENSATED CIRRHOSIS, RESPECTIVELY(1)

- 98 PERCENT SVR12 ACHIEVED IN ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS OF PATIENTS WITHOUT CIRRHOSIS RECEIVING DOUBLE-BLIND PLACEBO FOR 12 WEEKS, FOLLOWED BY OPEN-LABEL THERAPY WITH ABBVIE'S INVESTIGATIONAL TREATMENT(1)

- ABBVIE'S RIBAVIRIN-FREE TREATMENT FOR GENOTYPE 1 HEPATITIS C JAPANESE PATIENTS CONSISTS OF A 12-WEEK, TWO DIRECT-ACTING ANTIVIRAL, FIXED-DOSED COMBINATION OF PARITAPREVIR/RITONAVIR WITH OMBITASVIR, DOSED ONCE DAILY

May 26, 2015
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) presented new results from the Phase 3 GIFT-I study of its investigational, all-oral, interferon (IFN)- and ribavirin (RBV)-free, two direct-acting antiviral treatment with ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Hepatology in Kumamoto, Japan.1 GIFT-I evaluated genotype 1b (GT1b) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected Japanese patients, with and without cirrhosis, who were either treatment-naïve or IFN (with or without RBV) treatment-experienced.1 The primary endpoint was achieved, demonstrating 95 percent (n=106/112) SVR12 in a sub-group of treatment-naïve, non-cirrhotic, adult GT1b HCV infected Japanese patients who were eligible for therapy with IFN and had a high viral load.1 In study results related to the secondary endpoint, GT1b HCV patients with compensated cirrhosis achieved 91 percent (n=38/42) SVR12.1
In an additional intent-to-treat (ITT) analysis, SVR12 was achieved in 98 percent (n=104/106) of the GT1b HCV infected patients without cirrhosis (Arm B) who were randomized to initially receive double-blind placebo for 12 weeks, followed by open-label treatment with ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir.1 The ITT population included every patient that was randomized to placebo and received at least one dose of active, open-label study drug.
"It is critical to address the burden of hepatitis C in Japan, with GT1b being the most prevalent sub-type of the disease in the country," said Kazuaki Chayama, M.D., Ph.D, professor and head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Metabolism, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University. "GIFT-I shows the potential of this treatment to achieve high SVR rates for Japanese patients with GT1b hepatitis C, including those with compensated cirrhosis."
Across all study arms, three patients (n=3/363) discontinued treatment due to adverse events.1 The most commonly reported adverse events (>5 percent in any arm) were nasopharyngitis, headache, peripheral edema, nausea, pyrexia and decreased platelet count.1
"We are pleased to present full results from GIFT-I, which provide further insight into our hepatitis C treatment currently under priority review by the Japanese health authorities," said Scott Brun, M.D., vice president, pharmaceutical development, AbbVie. "We know physicians weigh the risks and benefits of HCV treatments for their patients as they look for an option that offers a potential cure. These data will help guide clinicians in their decision making and support AbbVie's goal of bringing an interferon- and ribavirin-free treatment to people living with genotype 1 hepatitis C in Japan."
In Japan, approximately 1.5 to 2 million people are living with HCV.2 Genotype 1 is the most common HCV genotype inJapan with 60 to 70 percent of patients infected and, of those, about 95 percent are infected with the GT1b sub-type.3AbbVie studied its two direct-acting antiviral treatment regimen without RBV in Japan due to patient and viral characteristics specific to the Japanese population, including high prevalence of GT1b.
AbbVie's investigational, two direct-acting antiviral treatment consists of ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir and is currently under priority review by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
About GIFT-I Study 
GIFT-I comprises 363 patients in two sub-studies. In sub-study 1, 321 genotype 1b (GT1b) patients without cirrhosis, both treatment-naïve and interferon (IFN) [with or without ribavirin (RBV)] treatment-experienced, were randomized to receive either ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (Arm A) [OBV/PTV/r] or placebo (Arm B) [2:1 randomization ratio, stratified by treatment history, past response, viral load and IFN eligibility]. Patients initially randomized to placebo (Arm B) then received OBV/PTV/r for an additional 12 weeks of open-label treatment. Sustained virologic response was assessed 12 weeks post-treatment (SVR12) as a primary efficacy endpoint in a sub-group of previously untreated, non-cirrhotic GT1b patients who were eligible for therapy with IFN and had a high viral load, defined as an HCV RNA level ≥ 100,000 IU/mL and received at least one dose of the double-blind, active study drug.1
In sub-study 2, 42 GT1b treatment-naïve and IFN (with our without RBV) treatment-experienced patients with compensated cirrhosis received open-label treatment for 12 weeks (Arm C) with SVR12 and assessed as a secondary efficacy endpoint.1
One patient from each arm (n=3/363) experienced on-treatment virologic failure [Arm A, 0.5% (n=1/215); Arm B, 0.9% (n=1/106); Arm C, 2.4% (n=1/42)].1 Across all arms, eight patients (n=8/354) experienced post-treatment relapse [Arm A, 2.4% (n=5/209); Arm B, 1.0% (n=1/105); Arm C, 5.0% (n=2/40)].1  
About AbbVie's Investigational Two Direct-Acting Antiviral HCV Treatment
For the treatment of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Japan, AbbVie's investigational, two direct-acting antiviral treatment consists of the fixed-dosed combination of paritaprevir/ritonavir (150/100 mg) with ombitasvir (25 mg), dosed once daily.
AbbVie's chronic HCV treatment combines two direct-acting antivirals, each with a distinct mechanism of action that targets and inhibits specific HCV proteins of the viral replication process.
About AbbVie's HCV Clinical Development Program in Japan
AbbVie's HCV clinical development program in Japan focuses on our investigational, two direct-acting antiviral treatment and is designed with the goal of achieving high SVR rates in chronic HCV infected patients, including additional genotypes and patients with compensated cirrhosis.
Paritaprevir was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENTA) for HCV protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors. Paritaprevir has been developed by AbbVie for use in combination with AbbVie's other investigational medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C.
Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir is an investigational product and its safety and efficacy have not been established inJapan.
Additional information about AbbVie's clinical development program in Japan can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov.

Friday, April 24, 2015

U.S. FDA GRANTS PRIORITY REVIEW TO ABBVIE FOR INVESTIGATIONAL, ALL-ORAL, INTERFERON-FREE THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF GENOTYPE 4 CHRONIC HEPATITIS C

Related:
AbbVie Hepatitis C Drug Granted Priority FDA Review
Designation shortens the regulatory review period to six months
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted priority review to AbbVie Inc.’s drug to treat adult patients with chronic genotype 4 hepatitis C, as competition among makers of hepatitis drugs intensifies.

Press Release:
U.S. FDA GRANTS PRIORITY REVIEW TO ABBVIE FOR INVESTIGATIONAL, ALL-ORAL, INTERFERON-FREE THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF GENOTYPE 4 CHRONIC HEPATITIS C

- THE NEW DRUG APPLICATION (NDA) WAS ACCEPTED BY THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) AND IS BASED ON RESULTS FROM THE PEARL-I STUDY, WHICH DEMONSTRATED UP TO 100 PERCENT SUSTAINED VIROLOGIC RESPONSE RATES AT 12 WEEKS POST-TREATMENT WITH NO DISCONTINUATIONS DUE TO ADVERSE EVENTS

- FIRST ALL-ORAL, INTERFERON-FREE THERAPY BEING EVALUATED BY THE FDA FOR PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC GENOTYPE 4 (GT4) HEPATITIS C VIRUS (HCV) INFECTION

- ABBVIE'S INVESTIGATIONAL REGIMEN HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY DESIGNATED AS A BREAKTHROUGH THERAPY AND RECEIVED PRIORITY REVIEW BY THE FDA

Apr 23, 2015

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) and granted priority review for the company's, all-oral, interferon-free, two direct-acting antiviral treatment of ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir (OBV/PTV/r), with ribavirin (RBV). The NDA is for the treatment of adults with chronic genotype 4 (GT4) hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

AbbVie's regimen is the first all-oral, interferon-free therapy being evaluated by the FDA for patients in the United Stateswith chronic GT4 HCV infection. This submission affirms the company's commitment to seeking access to curative* therapy for patients living with chronic HCV infection (*curative is defined as when the virus is no longer detectable in the patient's blood 12 weeks after treatment ends; sustained virologic response [SVR12]).

The FDA granted priority review to AbbVie for the regimen based in part on data from the PEARL-I study, which was recently published online in The Lancet. The FDA grants priority review designation to investigational therapies that treat a serious condition and, if approved, would provide a significant improvement in safety or effectiveness. This designation shortens the regulatory review period for non-new chemical entity NDAs from the normal 10 months to six months. AbbVie's regimen was also granted a Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA on June 30, 2014, a status given to investigational treatments for serious or life-threatening conditions with preliminary clinical evidence that may demonstrate substantial improvement on at least one clinically significant endpoint compared to available therapy.1

"We are pleased that the FDA has granted priority review for our all-oral, interferon-free treatment for patients with chronic GT4 HCV infection," said Michael Severino, M.D., executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie. "Submission of this NDA further underscores AbbVie's commitment to developing therapies to treat a wide range of patients living with chronic HCV infection."

PEARL-I is an open-label, Phase 2b study that demonstrated 100 percent of GT4 patients without cirrhosis who were new to therapy (n=42/42) or who had failed previous treatment with pegylated interferon (pegIFN) and RBV (n=49/49) achieved SVR12 after receiving OBV/PTV/r and RBV for 12 weeks. Additionally, 91 percent of patients who were new to therapy achieved SVR12 (n=40/44) after taking the treatment without RBV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the United States, 3.2 million people are chronically infected with HCV.2 While genotype 1 (GT1) is the most prevalent form of HCV in the U.S., accounting for approximately 73 percent of all cases, GT4 infection accounts for up to 6 percent of HCV infections.3,4 Hepatitis C is inflammation of the liver caused by an infection with HCV.5 It is transmitted when an infected person's blood enters the bloodstream of another person.6 There are six major HCV genotypes (GT1-6).7 Presently, there is no vaccine for HCV infection.2

About the PEARL-I Study

PEARL-I is an open-label, Phase 2b study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of 12 weeks of treatment with OBV/PTV/r with and without RBV in non-cirrhotic adult patients with chronic GT4 HCV infection who were new to therapy or had failed previous treatment with pegylated interferon and RBV. Treatment-naïve GT4 patients were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to receive OBV/PTV/r with or without RBV. All treatment-experienced GT4 patients received OBV/PTV/r with RBV. In the treatment-naïve group without RBV, on-treatment virologic breakthrough was reported in one patient (2 percent) and two patients (5 percent) experienced post-treatment relapse. There were no virologic failures in the other treatment arms. Patients with GT1b HCV infection were also studied but not included in the efficacy analysis for the NDA submission; the results in patients with GT4 HCV were reported in The Lancet.

There were no discontinuations due to adverse events in PEARL-I. The most commonly reported treatment-emergent adverse events (greater than 15 percent in any group) were headache (29-33 percent), asthenia (weakness) (24-33 percent), fatigue (7-18 percent), nausea (9-17 percent) and insomnia (5-16 percent). One patient had a grade 3 liver function test elevation (aspartate aminotransferase [AST] greater than five times the upper limit of normal), which was asymptomatic and resolved during continued dosing. Four patients with hemoglobin decreases (anemia) required RBV dose reductions; however, none of these patients required blood transfusions or medication to boost their red blood cell production.

About AbbVie's Two Direct-Acting Antiviral HCV Treatment
AbbVie's proposed all-oral antiviral treatment consists of the fixed-dose combination of paritaprevir/ritonavir (150/100mg) co-formulated with ombitasvir (25mg) dosed once daily, co-administered with weight-based ribavirin (1000mg or 1200mg in divided doses, twice daily). The combination of two direct-acting antivirals, each with distinct mechanisms of action, targets and inhibits specific HCV proteins in the viral replication process.

About AbbVie's HCV Clinical Development Program
AbbVie's HCV clinical development program is intended to advance scientific knowledge and clinical care by investigating interferon-free, all-oral treatments with and without ribavirin with the goal of achieving high sustained virologic response rates in as many patients as possible. AbbVie's development programs combining two direct-acting antivirals are studying additional hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes.

Paritaprevir was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENTA) for HCV protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors. Paritaprevir is being developed by AbbVie for use in combination with AbbVie's other investigational medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C.

Safety Information
Ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir (OBV/PTV/r) and RBV are not approved for the investigational use discussed above, and no conclusions can or should be drawn regarding the safety or efficacy of these products for this use.

There are special safety considerations when prescribing these drugs in approved populations.

OBV/PTV/r must not be used in patients with severe hepatic impairment or with certain medications, which may result in serious and/or life-threatening events or loss of therapeutic effect. OBV/PTV/r can cause increases in certain liver enzyme levels (ALT) and should be monitored during the first four weeks of treatment, and then as clinically indicated thereafter. Female patients should not take ethinyl estradiol-containing medications during treatment with OBV/PTV/r, as they are at greater risk for liver enzyme elevations when taking these medications.

Ritonavir must also not be used in patients with known hypersensitivity to ritonavir or any of its excipients.

Ribavirin monotherapy is not effective for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus and must not be used alone for this use. Ribavirin causes significant teratogenic effects and must not be used in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and in men whose female partners are pregnant. Ribavirin must not be used in patients with a history of severe pre-existing cardiac disease, severe hepatic dysfunction or decompensated cirrhosis of the liver, autoimmune hepatitis, hemoglobinopathies, or in combination with peginterferon alfa-2a in HIV/HCV co-infected patients with cirrhosis and Child-Pugh score ≥6.

See approved product labels for more information.

About AbbVie
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs more than 26,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. For further information on the company and its people, portfolio and commitments, please visit www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter or view careers on our Facebook or LinkedIn page.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AbbVie's Investigational Chronic Hepatitis C Treatment Granted Priority Review in Japan

Related: April 23 - 
U.S. FDA GRANTS PRIORITY REVIEW TO ABBVIE FOR INVESTIGATIONAL, ALL-ORAL, INTERFERON-FREE THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF GENOTYPE 4 CHRONIC HEPATITIS C
AbbVie's Investigational Chronic Hepatitis C Treatment Granted Priority Review in Japan

- AbbVie's investigational, interferon and ribavirin-free treatment in Japan consists of a 12-week, two direct-acting antiviral, fixed-dosed combination of paritaprevir/ritonavir with ombitasvir, dosed once daily-

New Drug Application, based on the Phase 3 GIFT-I study results in Japanese patients with genotype 1b hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, was submitted in February 2015-

GIFT-I met its primary endpoint, achieving 95 percent sustained virologic response rate at 12 weeks post-treatment (SVR12); two patients (0.9 percent) discontinued treatment due to adverse events-

Approximately 1.5 to 2 million people are living with hepatitis C in Japan(1); genotype 1 is most common, accounting for 60 to 70 percent of all patients infected with HCV(2)

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie ABBV, +0.50% today announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has granted priority review for its investigational, two direct-acting antiviral treatment of ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir. This all-oral treatment is interferon (IFN) and ribavirin (RBV)-free and will be dosed once daily. The MHLW grants priority review to certain medicines on the basis of clinical usefulness and severity of the disease, including diseases like hepatitis C, which affects approximately 1.5 to 2 million people in Japan.1 AbbVie's investigational hepatitis C treatment was submitted for marketing approval in Japan in February 2015. The New Drug Application is for the treatment of patients with genotype 1 (GT1) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and is supported by the Phase 3 GIFT-I study in Japanese genotype 1b (GT1b) HCV patients.

"AbbVie is pleased that the Japanese MHLW has granted priority review for our interferon and ribavirin-free, 12-week, two direct-acting antiviral treatment regimen. This marks another important advancement in our HCV clinical development program as we aim to provide our HCV treatment to patients across the world," said Scott Brun, M.D., vice president, pharmaceutical development, AbbVie. "If approved, AbbVie's HCV treatment holds the potential to be a promising new treatment option for patients living with this chronic infection in Japan."

AbbVie studied a two direct-acting antiviral treatment regimen without RBV in Japan due to patient and viral characteristics specific to the Japanese population, including high prevalence of GT1b. In Japan, GT1 is the most common HCV genotype and accounts for 60 to 70 percent of all patients infected with HCV.2 Of those patients, about 95 percent are infected with the GT1b sub-type.2

Additional information about AbbVie's GIFT-I study can be found onwww.clinicaltrials.gov.

About AbbVie's Investigational Two Direct-Acting Antiviral HCV Treatment For the treatment of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Japan, AbbVie's investigational, two direct-acting antiviral treatment consists of the fixed-dosed combination of paritaprevir/ritonavir (150/100 mg) with ombitasvir (25 mg), dosed once daily.

AbbVie's chronic HCV treatment combines two direct-acting antivirals, each with a distinct mechanism of action that targets and inhibits specific HCV proteins of the viral replication process.

About AbbVie's HCV Clinical Development Program in JapanAbbVie's HCV clinical development program in Japan focuses on its investigational, two direct-acting antiviral treatment and is designed to achieve high SVR rates in chronic HCV infected patients, including additional genotypes and patients with compensated cirrhosis.

Paritaprevir was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals ENTA, -1.66% for HCV protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors. Paritaprevir has been developed by AbbVie for use in combination with AbbVie's other investigational medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C.

Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir is an investigational product and its safety and efficacy have not been established in Japan.

About AbbVie AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs more than 26,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. For further information on the company and its people, portfolio and commitments, please visitwww.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter or view careers on our Facebook orLinkedIn page.

Forward-Looking Statements Some statements in this news release may be forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project" and similar expressions, among others, generally identify forward-looking statements. AbbVie cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, challenges to intellectual property, competition from other products, difficulties inherent in the research and development process, adverse litigation or government action, and changes to laws and regulations applicable to our industry.

Additional information about the economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect AbbVie's operations is set forth in Item 1A, "Risk Factors," in AbbVie's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

AbbVie undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of subsequent events or developments, except as required by law.

1 Kohnodai Hospital. National Center for Global Health and Medicine [cited 20 February 2013]. Available from:http://www.ncgm.go.jp/center/forpatient_hcv.html

2 Hajarizadeh B et al. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 2013; 10: 553-562. http://www.nature.com/nrgastro/journal/v10/n9/fig_tab/nrgastro.2013.107_F1.html. Accessed December 2014

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