This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions hepatitis b chronic infection, pregnancy
Treatments tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, placebo
Phase phase 3
Sponsor Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement
Collaborator Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Start date January 2013
End date December 2016
Trial size 328 participants
Trial identifier NCT01745822, U01HD071889


Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection is complicated by cirrhosis and liver cancer. In Thailand, 7% of adults are chronically infected by Hepatitis B virus (HBV). The risk of perinatal transmission of HBV is about 12% when a mother has a high HBV load in her plasma, even if her infant receive specific immunoglobulin and vaccine.

The hypothesis of this study is that a potent antiviral, tenofovir, can decrease HBV load in HBV infected pregnant women and therefore reduce the risk of perinatal transmission/ Pregnant women participating in this study will receive tenofovir or placebo during the last trimester of pregnancy and two months postpartum. The risk of perinatal transmission will be compared between the two groups.

The results of the study will help define policy to manage HBV infected pregnant women to prevent perinatal transmission.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, caregiver, investigator, outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose prevention
tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, 300 mg tablets
tenofovir disoproxil fumarate Viread
administration: tablet 300 mg, once a day, from enrollment at 28 weeks' gestation until 2 months postpartum
(Placebo Comparator)
matching placebo (of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate)
administration: one tablet, once a day, from enrollment at 28 weeks' gestation until 2 months postpartum

Primary Outcomes

Infant's Hepatitis B infection status at 6 months of age
time frame: 6 months of age

Secondary Outcomes

Adverse events
time frame: from enrollment (28 weeks' gestation) to 12 months postpartum
Flares after study treatment interruption
time frame: Following planned discontinuation of study treatment up to 12 months postpartum
Infant's HBV infection status
time frame: at or after 6 months through 12 months of age
Infant growth related outcomes, including weight, height and HC Z-scores
time frame: at 6 months and 12 months of age

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Pregnancy - At least 18 years of age - Negative Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) serology - Positive HBsAg and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) tests - Gestational age of 28 weeks (+ or - 10 days) as determined by obstetrician - Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)≤30 U/L, confirmed ≤60 U/L on a subsequent blood draw - Agreeing to bring their infants at the planned study visits at one study site until one year after delivery and to inform the site investigators if they plan to move to another place and not be able to return to the clinic. - Understanding the need for adequate infant immunization and agreeing to the blood draws from their infants and the need for close follow up to manage possible exacerbation of hepatitis. Exclusion Criteria: - History of tenofovir treatment at any time, or any other anti-HBV treatment during the current pregnancy - Creatinine clearance <50 ml/min, calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault formula - Dipstick proteinuria>1+ (>30 mg/dL) or normoglycemic glucosuria confirmed on two separate occasions - Positive serology for Hepatitis C infection less than 12 months prior to enrollment - Evidence of pre-existing fetal anomalies incompatible with life - Any concomitant condition or treatment that, in the view of the clinical site investigator, would contraindicate participation or satisfactory follow up in the study. - Concurrent participation in any other clinical trial without written agreement of the two study teams

Additional Information

Official title Phase 3, Randomized Clinical Trial to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Tenofovir in Hepatitis B Virus Infected, s and e Antigen Positive, Pregnant Women to Prevent Perinatal Transmission Despite Infant Passive-active HBV Immunization.
Principal investigator Gonzague Jourdain, MD, PhD
Description This is a phase III, placebo controlled, double blind, randomized clinical trial to assess the efficacy and safety of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) given from 28 weeks' gestation until 2 months postpartum to pregnant women with Hepatitis B (HB) virus (HBV) chronic infection and positive for HB s and e antigen to prevent perinatal transmission of HBV to their infants. All infants will receive HBV passive (HB specific immunoglobulin) and active (vaccine) immunization. Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection is complicated by cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the 10th leading cause of death worldwide. In 2011, about 7% of adults in Thailand were HBsAg carriers. Infant hepatitis B (HB) immunization and HB immune globulin (HBIg) administered at birth effectively prevent most mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HBV. However, about 12% of mothers with high load of HBV transmit the virus to their infants, despite active and passive immunization. Studies have suggested that antiviral treatment at the end of pregnancy and during early postpartum can reduce the risk of transmission to the child. A potential limitation to this approach is the risk of hepatic disease exacerbation following discontinuation of antiviral treatment postpartum, and this risk has not been properly evaluated. No randomized clinical trials have adequately demonstrated the efficacy and safety of maternal antiviral treatment the prevention of mother to child transmission of HBV. This is the reason why this approach is not currently recommended by the Associations for the Study of Liver Diseases. We hypothesize that a potent antiviral, tenofovir, can decrease HBV viral load in HBV infected pregnant women and therefore reduce the risk of perinatal transmission, before infants are definitely protected by passive-active immunization. We also hypothesize that only moderate exacerbations of liver disease will be observed after discontinuation of a short antiviral course (5 months). While the primary objective of the study is to assess the efficacy of tenofovir versus placebo for the prevention of perinatal transmission, an important secondary objective is the assessment of the risk of postpartum hepatic disease exacerbation. Within 2 years, 328 women and their infants will be enrolled from public hospitals in Thailand and randomized to receive either tenofovir disoproxil fumarate or matching placebo from 28 weeks of pregnancy until 2 months postpartum. Mothers and infants will be followed until one year postpartum. The primary endpoint will be the detection of HBsAg and HBV DNA in infants at six months of life. An interim analysis will be conducted when half of the outcomes are available.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement.