A Study of Viral Response to Triple Therapy in Hepatitis C Virus-Infected Participants With Insulin Resistance Who Failed Dual Therapy (MK-3034-113)

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Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)

Status and phase

Phase 4


Hepatitis C


Drug: RBV
Drug: boceprevir
Biological: PegIFN-2b

Study type


Funder types



2012-002771-33 (EudraCT Number)

Details and patient eligibility


This study is being done to find out if participants with insulin resistance and hepatitis C virus genotype 1 (HCV GT1) infections who failed dual therapy with peginterferon alfa (PegIFN) + ribavirin (RBV) will benefit from the addition of boceprevir to PegIFN + RBV (triple therapy).




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Quantifiable serum hepatitis C virus-ribonucleic acid (HCV-RNA)
  • Hepatitis C virus genotype 1
  • Homeostasis Model of Assessment - Insulin Resistance (HOMA IR) > 2.5 in two determinations made 4 weeks apart (the first HOMA evaluation is able to be made 3 weeks before screening visit)
  • Previous failure to achieve SVR with PegIFN plus ribavirin given for a minimum of 12 weeks without dose reduction below 80% of the adequate doses of the two drugs
  • No response, partial response, or relapse after previous therapy
  • Compensated liver disease with or without histologic or non-invasive evidence of liver cirrhosis
  • If heterosexually active, a female participant of childbearing potential and a non-vasectomized male participant who has a female partner of childbearing potential must agree to use 2 effective contraceptives until 6 months after therapy has ended (7 months for male subject)

Exclusion criteria

  • Coinfection with HCV genotypes other than HCV-GT1
  • Evidence of decompensated liver disease
  • History of ascites, hepatic encephalopathy or of bleeding varices or severe portal hypertension
  • History or signs or symptoms or evidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • History of organ transplant
  • Coinfection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Severe psychiatric disease
  • Inadequately controlled thyroid function
  • Other important comorbidities (cardiovascular diseases, Type 1 diabetes or inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes, malignancies , etc)
  • Substances abuse
  • Alcohol intake >20 grams/day for females and >30 grams/day for males
  • History of severe adverse events during previous treatment with PegIFN plus ribavirin including discontinuation of therapy for severe anemia or hematologic toxicity

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

0 participants in 1 patient group

Boceprevir + PegIFN-2b + RBV
Experimental group
All participants will start treatment with 4 weeks of PegIFN-2b subcutaneously, 1.5μg/kg per week + RBV capsules orally, at a weight-based dose between 800-1400 mg/day divided into two daily doses (double therapy). Participants without cirrhosis will then continue on the PegIFN-2b and RBV with the addition of boceprevir capsules orally, 800 mg three times per day for 32 weeks (triple therapy), and will transition back to double therapy for the final 12 weeks of treatment (48 total weeks of therapy). Participants with cirrhosis or documented as null responders will receive triple therapy for 44 weeks (48 total weeks of therapy).
Biological: PegIFN-2b
Drug: boceprevir
Drug: RBV

Trial contacts and locations



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