Journal Article

Randomized trial of pegylated interferon α-2b monotherapy in haemodialysis patients with chronic hepatitis C

Mark W. Russo, Reem Ghalib, Samuel Sigal and Viren Joshi

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 437-443
Published in print February 2006 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfi231
Randomized trial of pegylated interferon α-2b monotherapy in haemodialysis patients with chronic hepatitis C

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Background. Chronic hepatitis C infection is prevalent among haemodialysis patients. The goal of our study was to determine the efficacy and safety of pegylated interferon α-2b in haemodialysis patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Methods. We conducted a trial which randomized haemodialysis patients with chronic hepatitis C to 1.0 or 0.5 µg/kg of pegylated interferon α-2b subcutaneously, weekly for up to 48 weeks. End-points were sustained viral response and adverse events. Data were analysed as intention to treat and as intended per protocol.

Results. After 16 patients were enrolled, the study was terminated because of adverse events and modifications needed in the study design. Nine subjects were randomized to the 1.0 µg/kg group and seven subjects were randomized to the 0.5 µg/kg group. Serious adverse events requiring discontinuation of therapy occurred in five (56%) subjects in the 1.0 µg/kg group and in two (28%) subjects in the 0.5 µg/kg group (P = 0.36). The most common adverse events were hypertension and infection unrelated to neutropenia. Two (22%) subjects in the 1.0 µg/kg group, both genotype 1, had a sustained viral response, and none of the subjects in the 0.5 µg/kg group had a sustained viral response (P = 0.47). Five subjects in the 1.0 µg/kg group were able to complete 24 weeks or longer of therapy as per protocol and two (40%) were sustained responders.

Conclusions. In our study group, pegylated interferon α-2b was poorly tolerated and was associated with substantial side effects. Sustained response rates seen with pegylated interferon in our study do not appear to be better than rates reported for standard interferon α-2b.

Keywords: kidney; renal; treatment; viral

Journal Article.  4648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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