Telaprevir is a direct inhibitor of NS3 protease, which is required by the hepatitis C virus for replication.1
Telaprevir has been investigated in 2 studies in treatment-naïve patients (ADVANCE and ILLUMINATE) and 1 study in patients previously treated with peginterferon and ribavirin (REALIZE). Patients received telaprevir, in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, for 8 or 12 weeks followed by 12–24 weeks of peginterferon alfa and ribavirin alone, depending on virological response. In all studies, patients who received telaprevir had a significantly higher rate of sustained virological response at 24 weeks after last planned dose of study drug.2–4
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