- After seven days of once-daily dosing with 200 mg of ALS-2200, genotype 1 patients with cirrhosis had a median 4.08 log10 reduction in HCV RNA; among people with genotypes 3 or 4, there was a median 4.65 log10 reduction in HCV RNA -
- Data are consistent with previously reported ALS-2200 results in people with genotype 1 HCV infection -
- ALS-2200 was well-tolerated, with no discontinuations due to adverse events-
These data support Vertex's recently announced non-exclusive agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to conduct Phase 2 studies of once-daily all-oral treatment regimens containing VX-135 and Bristol-Myers Squibb's NS5A replication complex inhibitor daclatasvir for the treatment of hepatitis C. As part of the agreement, Vertex plans to conduct two Phase 2 studies of the combination, including an initial study in treatment-naïve people with genotype 1 HCV infection planned for the second quarter of 2013. Vertex plans to begin a subsequent study in treatment-naïve people infected with genotype 1, 2 or 3 HCV, including those with cirrhosis, in the second half of 2013, pending data from the initial study.
"The viral kinetic data announced to date show the potential for VX-135
to be the backbone of all-oral treatment regimens," said
Results of seven-day viral kinetic evaluations of ALS-2200 in treatment-naïve people with chronic HCV infection are included in the following table:
Median Change From
HCV RNA Levels
|Genotypes 1, 3 and 4||(5.70, 7.35)||(-0.47, 0.66)|
|200 mg monotherapy||6.18||-4.54||4 (50)|
|Genotype 1||(5.66, 6.72)||(-3.81, -5.08)|
|200 mg + ribavirin||6.21||-4.18||5 (63)|
|Genotype 1||(5.14, 7.41)||(-3.62, -5.20)|
|200 mg monotherapy||6.64||-4.65||5 (63)|
|Genotypes 3 and 4||(5.59, 6.93)||(-4.05, -5.30)|
|Genotype 1||(6.36, 6.47)||(0.03, 0.10)|
|(n = 2)|
|200 mg monotherapy||6.53||-4.08||1 (13)|
|Genotype 1||(6.08, 7.22)||(-2.91, -4.87)|
|(n = 8)|
*Roche COBAS® Taqman® HCV Assay v2.0 (LLOQ = 25 IU/mL)
**Prior to a protocol amendment, one person with genotype 2 HCV infection received 100 mg of ALS-2200 once daily for seven days, and had a 5.04 log10 reduction in HCV RNA after seven days of dosing.
About VX-135 (ALS-2200)
Vertex has multiple ongoing and planned studies of VX-135 as part of all-oral treatment regimens, including a study in combination with ribavirin and studies with other direct-acting antivirals. Vertex plans to begin pivotal development of VX-135 as part of all-oral treatment regimens in 2014, pending data from these studies. The first Phase 2 data for VX-135 as part of an all-oral regimen are expected in the second half of 2013.
VX-135 is a uridine nucleotide analogue pro-drug designed to inhibit the
replication of the hepatitis C virus by acting on the NS5B polymerase.
ALS-2200 has shown pangenotypic activity in vitro. Vertex gained
worldwide rights to ALS-2200 through an exclusive licensing agreement
About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, which is spread through direct contact with the blood of infected people and ultimately affects the liver.1 Chronic hepatitis C can lead to serious and life-threatening liver problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.1 Though many people with hepatitis C may not experience symptoms, others may have symptoms such as fatigue, fever, jaundice and abdominal pain.1 Unlike HIV and hepatitis B virus, chronic hepatitis C can be cured.2 If treatment is not successful and a person does not achieve a viral cure, they remain at an increased risk for progressive liver disease.3,4
More than 170 million people worldwide are chronically infected with
hepatitis C.5 In
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Vertex scientists and our collaborators are working on new medicines to cure or significantly advance the treatment of hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-threatening diseases.
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Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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limitation, the statements of Dr. Kauffman in the third paragraph of
this press release, and statements regarding (i) the timing and
structure of multiple Phase 2 studies exploring all-oral treatment
regimens that include VX-135 in combination with ribavirin and/or other
direct-acting antivirals, including daclatasvir; (ii) Vertex's plans to
begin pivotal development of VX-135 as part of all-oral treatment
regimens in 2014, pending data from this studies and (iii) the first
Phase 2 data for VX-135 as part of an all-oral regimen being expected in
the second half of 2013. While the company believes the forward-looking
statements contained in this press release are accurate, there are a
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Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, that the
Phase 2 studies of VX-135 may be delayed or prevented, outcomes from any
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