This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions hepatitis c, chronic, relapse
Treatment peginterferon alfa-2a, ribavirin, amantadine
Phase phase 3
Sponsor Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Collaborator Hoffmann-La Roche
Start date November 2005
Trial size 300 participants
Trial identifier NCT00299923, EudraCT-Nr.: 2005-001207-19, ML 18545 (TRELA)


The aim of this study is, to compare the relapse rate in chronic HCV patients with genotype 1 or 3 under the combination of standard dose Peg-Interferon alfa-2a (PEG-IFN alfa-2a), Ribavirin (RBV) and Amantadine (AMA) given for 72 weeks (group A), versus the same combination, given for 48 weeks (group B) in patients who relapsed to previous combination therapy to conventional or pegylated (PEG) Interferon alfa and Ribavirin. Relapse ist defined as percentage of patients with non-detectable HCV-RNA at end of therapy (week 48 GT1/ week 24 GT 3) who become HCV-RNA positive during a follow-up period of 24 weeks.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment

Primary Outcomes

- Comparison of the rate of relapse under the combination of standard dose PegIFN alfa-2a, Ribavirin and Amantadine given for 72 vs. 48 weeks.
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Secondary Outcomes

relationship between EVR during the first twelve weeks and SVR
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virological response to the combination of standard dose defined as reduction of HCV RNA at week 4, 12, 24, 48 and 72 of treatment, separated between HCV-Genotypes.
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Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Relapsers to previous combination therapy with (PEG-)IFN alfa-/Ribavirin and a negative HCV-RNA test result at the end of this regular treatment course and positive HCV-RNA test result during the follow-up period. - Termination of (PEG-)IFN alfa-/ribavirin therapy at least 3 months prior to enrolment - Chronic HCV infection genotype 1 or 3. - Serum HCV-RNA quantifiable at >100 IU/mL by COBAS AmpliPrep or another quantitative HCV-RNA PCR test (reported in IU) - Compensated liver disease (Child-Pugh A) - Exclusion of HCC in patients with cirrhosis or transition to cirrhosis. In patients with AFP >50 ng/mL an established assay for exclusion of HCC has to be done - Negative urine or blood pregnancy test - All fertile males and females must use two reliable forms of effective contraception (combined) during treatment with study drugs and 6 months post treatment Exclusion Criteria (at screening): - Hypersensitiveness to Interferon, PEG-IFN alfa-2a, Ribavirin and Amantadine or other ingredient of the drugs - Ongoing pregnancy or breast feeding - Male partners of women who are pregnant or with women without effective contraception - Signs or symptoms of hepatocellular carcinoma - Chronic HCV infection genotype 2, 4, 5 or 6 - Therapy with any systemic anti-viral, anti-neoplastic or immunomodulatory treatment < 6 months prior to the first dose of study drug and during study period. Exception: patients who have had a limited (< 7 days) course of acyclovir or valacyclovir for herpetic lesions < 1 month prior to the first administration of test drug are not excluded. - Any investigational drug < 6 weeks prior to the first dose of study drug - Positive test for anti-HAV IgM, HBsAg, anti-HBc IgM, anti-HIV - History or other evidence of a medical condition associated with chronic liver disease other than HCV - History or other evidence of decompensated liver disease or a Child-Pugh score > 6. - Hb <12 g/dL (<120 g/L) in women or <13 g/dL (<130 g/L) in men at screening - Any patient with an increased baseline risk for anemia or for whom anemia would be medically problematic - Neutrophil count <1,500 cells/mm3 and/or platelet count <90,000 cells/mm3 - Serum creatinin concentration >1.5 mg/dl - History of severe psychiatric disease, especially depression. - History of a severe seizure disorder that can not be stabilized by medication - History of immunologically mediated disease - Chronic pulmonary disease associated with functional limitation - History of severe cardiac disease - History of major organ transplantation except corneatransplantation - Evidence of severe illness, malignancy, or any other conditions which would make the patient, in the opinion of the investigator, unsuitable for the study - Thyroid dysfunction not adequately controlled - Evidence of severe retinopathy or clinically relevant ophthalmological disorder due to diabetes mellitus or hypertension - Evidence of active drug abuse within one year of study entry except of a prescribed stable opioid substitution - Take of Memantine during study period - Cardiomyopathy and myocarditis - AV-Block II° and III° - Pre-existing bradycardia < 55 counts/min - Known QT-interval (QTc after Bazett > 420 ms) or recognized U-waves or congenital QT-syndrome - History of severe ventricular arrhythmia incl. Torsade de pointes - Simultaneous therapy with Budipin or other medicine that extend the QT-interval like (e.g.antiarrhythmic drugs class IA and class III, antipsychotic drugs, tri- and tetracyclic antidepressants, antihistaminics, macrolide, gyrase inhibitors, Azol-antimykotics) - Patients with obstructive glaucoma - Patients with excitableness and confusion - Patients with delirium and exogenic psychosis in the anamnesis - Prostataadenome - Diuretic medication of the type combination Triamterene/ Hydrochlorothiazide - Inability or unwillingness to provide informed consent or abide by the requirements of the study

Additional Information

Official title Randomized, Open-Label, Multicenter Study Examining the Effects of Duration of Treatment of PEGASYS® in Combination With Daily COPEGUS® + Amantadine in Patients With Chronic HCV After Relapse to Previous (Peg)IFN + Ribavirin Therapy.
Principal investigator Peter Buggisch, Dr.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2007.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf.