“The remaining clinical need to treat HCV patients is a safe and effective cure for patients who have failed previous therapy with DAA regimens, including those with NS5A inhibitors,” said Norbert Bischofberger, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer at Gilead. “SOF/VEL/VOX has the potential to fill that need by offering single tablet dosing and high cure rates across all HCV genotypes for patients with and without cirrhosis, who have failed prior treatment with other highly effective regimens.”
The NDA for SOF/VEL/VOX is based on data from two Phase 3 studies (POLARIS-1 and POLARIS-4), which evaluated 12 weeks of the fixed-dose combination in DAA-experienced patients with hepatitis C genotypes 1-6, including those who failed prior treatment with an NS5A-containing regimen. Of the 445 patients treated with SOF/VEL/VOX, 430 (97 percent) achieved the primary efficacy endpoint of SVR12. The NDA is further supported by two additional Phase 3 studies (POLARIS-2 and POLARIS-3) in which 611 DAA-naïve HCV-infected patients received 8 weeks of SOF/VEL/VOX. The most common adverse events among patients who received SOF/VEL/VOX were headache, fatigue, diarrhea and nausea. These data were presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) annual meeting in November 2016.
The SOF/VEL/VOX fixed-dose combination is an investigational product and its safety and efficacy have not been established. It has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of chronic genotype 1 HCV patients who have previously failed an NS5A inhibitor-containing regimen.
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This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the risk that the FDA and other regulatory agencies may not approve the SOF/VEL/VOX fixed-dose combination, and any marketing approvals, if granted, may have significant limitations on its use. These risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These and other risks are described in detail in Gilead’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Gilead, and Gilead assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.
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