No impact of resistance-associated substitutions on the efficacy of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir for 12 weeks in HCV DAA-experienced patients.

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Journal of hepatology


Direct-acting antivirals; NS5A; Pan-genotypic; Resistance-associated substitutions; SOF; VEL; VOX


BACKGROUND & AIMS: In phase III studies, the fixed dose combination of sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir (SOF/VEL/VOX) administered for 12 weeks led to a sustained virologic response at 12 weeks (SVR12) in 96% of NS5A inhibitor-experienced patients, and an SVR12 rate of 98% in DAA-experienced patients who had not previously received an NS5A inhibitor. Herein, we evaluate the relationship between the presence of detectable resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) at baseline and treatment outcome, and whether RASs were selected for in cases of virologic failure.

METHODS: NS3, NS5A, and NS5B deep sequencing analyses were performed at baseline for all patients and at the time of virologic failure. Results are reported using a 15% cut-off.

RESULTS: A total of 82.7% of NS5A inhibitor-experienced patients (205/248) had baseline NS3 and/or NS5A RASs; 79% had baseline NS5A RASs. SVR12 rates were similar in patients with or without NS3 and/or NS5A RASs, and with or without VOX- or VEL-specific RASs. RASs at NS5A position Y93 were present in 37.3% of patients and 95% achieved SVR12. All patients with ≥2 NS5A RASs achieved SVR12. Baseline NS3 and/or NS5A RASs were present in 46.6% (83/178) of non-NS5A inhibitor DAA-experienced patients, all of whom achieved SVR12. All patients with baseline NS5B nucleoside inhibitor RASs, including two patients with S282T, achieved SVR12. Treatment-selected resistance was seen in one of seven patients who relapsed.

CONCLUSIONS: Baseline RASs had no impact on virologic response in DAA-experienced patients following treatment with SOF/VEL/VOX for 12 weeks. Selection of viral resistance with virologic relapse was uncommon.

LAY SUMMARY: In phase III studies, 12 weeks of treatment with the combination of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir and voxilaprevir (SOF/VEL/VOX) cured 97% of patients with hepatitis C virus who failed prior treatment with direct-acting antiviral drugs. Herein, we show that the presence of pretreatment drug resistance did not affect treatment outcome in these patients who had previously received direct-acting antivirals. We also showed that new drug resistance was rare in patients who failed treatment with SOF/VEL/VOX for 12 weeks. This has important implications for the selection of best retreatment strategies for these patients.

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