Posted from: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 04:01 PM - Present

Mavyret Approved for Hepatitis C

August 3, 2017 – The U.S. FDA has approved Mavyret™ (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir), manufactured by AbbVie, for treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype (GT) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 either without cirrhosis, or with compensated cirrhosis. It is also indicated for treatment of adult patients with HCV GT 1 who have been previously treated with an HCV NS5A inhibitor or an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, but not both.

Mavyret consists of an NS3/4A protease inhibitor (glecaprevir) and an NS5A inhibitor (pibrentasvir). Each tablet contains 100mg of glecaprevir and 40mg of pibrentasvir. Recommended dosing is three tablets once daily with food for a period of 8, 12, or 16 weeks. Length of treatment is determined by which medications, if any, the patient has tried previously, and if the patient has compensated cirrhosis.

While Vosevi™ (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir), manufactured by Gilead, also offers pan-genotypic therapy for chronic HCV, the drug is indicated for treatment of a different population. The FDA approved Vosevi in July of 2017 for use in patients with HCV GT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 who have been previously treated with an NS5A inhibitor, as well as for patients with HCV GT 1a or 3 who have been previously treated with a sofosbuvir-containing regimen without an NS5A inhibitor. Vosevi further differs from Mavyret in that it may be used in patients treated with both an NS5A and NS3A inhibitor, but is not approved for treatment-naïve patients.

Mavyret has already been launched.

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Last Updated Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 01:13 AM.