VERxVE Study on Efficacy and Safety of Nevirapine XR in Comparison to Nevirapine IR With Truvada in Naive HIV+ Patients

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Boehringer Ingelheim

Status and phase

Phase 3


HIV Infections


Drug: nevirapine IR
Drug: nevirapine XR

Study type


Funder types



2007-003654-29 (EudraCT Number)

Details and patient eligibility


The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of 400 mg QD nevirapine extended release (NVP XR) formulation versus 200 mg BID nevirapine immediate release (NVP IR) in ARV therapy naïve HIV-1 infected patients after 48 weeks of treatment. Secondary objectives are to evaluate safety and pharmacokinetics of NVP XR and NVP IR.


1,068 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Signed informed consent in accordance with Good Clinical Practice and local regulatory requirements prior to trial participation
  • HIV-1 infected males or females >= 18 years of age with positive serology (ELISA) confirmed by Western blot
  • No previous antiretroviral treatment
  • Males with CD4+ counts >50 - <400 cells/ml or females with CD4+ counts >50-<250 cells/ml

Adequate renal function defined as a calculated creatinine clearance (CLCr) greater than or equal to 50 mL/min according to the Cockcroft-Gault formula as follows:

Male: (140 - age in years) x (weight in kg) divided by 72 x (serum creatinine in mg/dl) = CLCr (mL/min).

Female: (140 - age in years) x (weight in kg) divided by 72 x (serum creatinine in mg/dl) x 0.85 = CLCr (mL/min).

  • Karnofsky score >70 (see Appendix 10.4)
  • An HIV-1 viral load of 1,000 copies/mL
  • Willingness to initiate CD4+ cell count-guided chemoprophylaxis to prevent important opportunistic infections as defined in Appendix 10.2
  • Willingness to abstain from ingesting substances which may alter plasma study drug levels by interaction with the cytochrome P450 system (listed in Appendix 10.3) during the study.
  • For centers participating in the PK substudy only: Written informed consent in accordance with GCP and local legislation for participation in the PK substudy. Refusal to participate in the PK substudy is not an exclusion criterion for participation in the trial. Only study centers with previous experience and equipped in handling PK samples are eligible for participation in the substudy.

Exclusion criteria

  • Active drug abuse or chronic alcoholism at the investigator's discretion
  • Active hepatitis B or C disease, defined as HBsAg-positive and HBV-DNA-positive or HCV-RNA-positive
  • Female patients of child-bearing potential who: are pregnant at screening; are breast feeding; are planning to become pregnant; are not willing to use a barrier method of contraception, or; are not willing to use methods of contraception other than ethinyl estradiol containing oral contraceptives Note: During participation in this study, females and males have to use barrier methods of contraception in addition or instead of ethinyl estradiol containing oral contraceptives.
  • Laboratory parameters >DAIDS Grade 2
  • ALT/AST > DAIDS Grade 1
  • Hypersensitivity to any ingredients of the test products
  • Previous use of Viramune® (nevirapine) or any other antiretroviral agents (does not include use of single dose NVP for the prevention of mother to child transmission)
  • Resistance to NNRTIs or either one of the components of Truvada® (emtricitabine or tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) or lamivudine (3TC) based on HIV-1 genotypic resistance testing report obtained at screening
  • Patients who are receiving other concomitant treatments which are not permitted, as described in the prescribing information
  • Use of investigational medications (any experimental agent other than the study regimen) within 30 days before study entry or during the trial
  • Use of immunomodulatory drugs within 30 days before study entry or during the trial (e.g., interferon, cyclosporin, hydroxyurea, interleukin 2)
  • Patients who have been diagnosed with malignant disease
  • Patients who in the opinion of the investigator are not candidates for inclusion in the study
  • Patient with Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML), Visceral Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS), and/or any lymphoma
  • Any AIDS defining illness that is unresolved, symptomatic or not stable on treatment for at least 12 weeks at screening visit

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Double Blind

1,068 participants in 2 patient groups

nevirapine XR
Experimental group
400 mg QD
Drug: nevirapine XR
nevirapine IR
Active Comparator group
200 mg BID
Drug: nevirapine IR

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