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Glecaprevir and Pibrentasvir in Patients with HCV and Severe Renal Impairment


Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is more prevalent among patients who have chronic kidney disease than among those who do not have the disease. Patients with chronic kidney disease who also have HCV infection are at higher risk for progression to end-stage renal disease than those who have chronic kidney disease without HCV infection. Patients with both HCV infection and advanced chronic kidney disease have limited treatment options.


We conducted a multicenter, open-label, phase 3 trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of treatment with the combination of the NS3/4A protease inhibitor glecaprevir and the NS5A inhibitor pibrentasvir for 12 weeks in adults who had HCV genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 infection and also had compensated liver disease (with or without cirrhosis) with severe renal impairment, dependence on dialysis, or both. Patients had stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease and either had received no previous treatment for HCV infection or had received previous treatment with interferon or pegylated interferon, ribavirin, sofosbuvir, or a combination of these medications. The primary end point was a sustained virologic response 12 weeks after the end of treatment.


Among the 104 patients enrolled in the trial, 52% had genotype 1 infection, 16% had genotype 2 infection, 11% had genotype 3 infection, 19% had genotype 4 infection, and 2% had genotype 5 or 6 infection. The sustained virologic response rate was 98% (102 of 104 patients; 95% confidence interval, 95 to 100). No patients had virologic failure during treatment, and no patients had a virologic relapse after the end of treatment. Adverse events that were reported in at least 10% of the patients were pruritus, fatigue, and nausea. Serious adverse events were reported in 24% of the patients. Four patients discontinued the trial treatment prematurely because of adverse events; three of these patients had a sustained virologic response.


Treatment with glecaprevir and pibrentasvir for 12 weeks resulted in a high rate of sustained virologic response in patients with stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease and HCV infection. (Funded by AbbVie; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT02651194.)

Supported by AbbVie.

Disclosure forms provided by the authors are available with the full text of this article at NEJM.org.

We thank Ryan J. Bourgo of AbbVie for medical writing and other support.

Source Information

From the Liver Unit, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand (E.G.); the Texas Liver Institute, University of Texas Health, San Antonio (E.L.); AbbVie, North Chicago, IL (D.P., C.C., Y.L., M.K., F.J.M.); the Academic Department of Gastroenterology, Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laiko General Hospital, Athens (G.P.); the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York — both in New York (N.B.); Imperial College Healthcare, London (A.B.); Groupe Hospitalier Cochin–Saint Vincent de Paul, Paris (S.P.), and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble, Grenoble (V.L.) — both in France; the Internal Medicine and Hepatology Unit, University of Salerno, Salerno (M.P.), Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, Rozzano (M.C.), and Fondazione Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Università di Milano, Milan (M.C.) — all in Italy; Cliniques Universitaires de Bruxelles Hôpital Erasme, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (C.M.); University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (E.M.Y.); and the Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville (D.R.N.).

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Publisher URL: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1704053

DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1704053

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