Real-world effectiveness and safety of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir for the treatment of patients with chronic HCV infection: A meta-analysis

Pietro Lampertico, Jose A. Carrión, Michael Curry, Juan Turnes, Markus Cornberg, Francesco Negro, Ashley Brown, Marcello Persico, Nicole Wick, Ariel Porcalla, Andreas Pangerl, Eric Crown, Lois Larsen, Yao Yu, Heiner Wedemeyer

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Background & Aims: Glecaprevir/pibrentasvir is approved for treating adults infected with HCV genotypes 1–6. In clinical trials, glecaprevir/pibrentasvir was associated with high rates of sustained virologic response at post-treatment week 12 (SVR12) and was well tolerated. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the real-world effectiveness and safety of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir were undertaken. Methods: Real-world studies reporting SVR12 in adults with HCV infection (n ≥20) treated with glecaprevir/pibrentasvir were identified in journal publications from January 1, 2017, to February 25, 2019, and congress presentations through April 14, 2019. Random-effects meta-analysis was used to determine SVR12 rates using data from ≥2 cohorts; intention-to-treat (ITT) analyses included patients treated with glecaprevir/pibrentasvir who had SVR12 data available, discontinued early, or were lost to follow-up; modified ITT (mITT) analyses excluded those with non-virologic failure. Naïve pooling was used to calculate adverse event (AE) rates. Results: Overall, 12,531 adults were treated with glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (18 cohorts). Of patients with post-treatment week 12 data, SVR12 rates were 96.7% (95% CI 95.4–98.1) in the ITT population (n = 8,583, 15 cohorts) and 98.1% (95% CI 97.1–99.2) in the mITT population (n = 7,001, 14 cohorts). SVR12 rates were ≥95% across subgroups (HCV genotype, cirrhosis status, treatment history, treatment duration, on-label treatment, and subgroups of interest). AEs were reported in 17.7% (1,271/7,199) of patients (8 cohorts). Serious AEs were reported in 1.0% (55/5,522) of patients (6 cohorts). The most frequent AEs were pruritus, fatigue, and headache. AE-related treatment discontinuations were reported in 0.6% (33/5,595) of patients (6 cohorts). Conclusions: Consistent with clinical trials, real-world evidence indicates that glecaprevir/pibrentasvir is a well-tolerated and highly effective pangenotypic treatment for a broad range of HCV-infected patients. Lay summary: It is important to assess treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the real world, as patient populations tend to be more diverse and potentially less adherent to treatment compared to those in clinical trials. Results from 18 studies performed in real-world clinics were pooled and analyzed to investigate the effectiveness and safety of a direct-acting antiviral combination (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir) in routine clinical practice. This analysis showed that glecaprevir/pibrentasvir is highly effective and well tolerated across all HCV genotypes and patient groups studied. It also showed that results seen in the real world are similar to the results seen in clinical trials, even in patients historically considered more challenging to treat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1121
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hepatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Clinical practice
  • Hepatitis C virus
  • Meta-analysis
  • On-label
  • Pangenotypic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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