The combination of three direct-acting antiviral agents (AL-335, odalasvir, and simeprevir: JNJ-4178 regimen) for 6 or 8 weeks demonstrated good efficacy and safety in a phase IIa study in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype (GT)-1-infected patients without cirrhosis and has now been evaluated in a larger phase IIb study, OMEGA-1. This multicenter, randomized, open-label study (NCT02765490) enrolled treatment-naïve and interferon (±ribavirin) treatment-experienced patients with HCV GT1, 2, 4, 5, or 6 infection. Patients with HCV GT3 infection and/or liver cirrhosis were excluded. Patients received AL-335 800 mg, odalasvir 25 mg, and simeprevir 75 mg once daily for 6 or 8 weeks. The primary endpoint was sustained virologic response 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12). In total, 365 patients (GT1a, 29.3%; GT1b, 42.5%; GT2, 12.3%; GT4, 14.2%; GT5, 1.4%; GT6, 0%) were randomized to receive 6 weeks (n = 183) or 8 weeks (n = 182) of treatment. SVR12 rates after 6 weeks (98.9%) or 8 weeks (97.8%) of treatment were noninferior to a historical control (98%). Viral relapse occurred in 5 patients (1.4%; 4 with HCV GT2c; 1 with GT1a). With the exception of 4 patients in the 8-week group, including 3 patients with missing data at the SVR24 timepoint, all patients who achieved SVR12 also achieved SVR24. One GT1a-infected patient experienced late viral relapse after achieving SVR18. Most adverse events (AEs) were mild with no treatment-related serious AEs. All randomized patients completed treatment. Conclusion: In HCV-infected patients, 6 and 8 weeks of treatment with JNJ-4178 resulted in SVR12 rates of 98.9% and 97.8%, respectively, and was well tolerated.
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