New data on Merck’s VICTRELIS for chronic HCV to be presented at EASL annual meeting

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, announced today that two analyses of VICTRELIS (boceprevir) and data from Phase II studies of two of Merck's investigational medicines for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1, MK-5172 and vaniprevir (MK-7009), will be presented at the 2013 International Liver Congress (EASL) Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place in Amsterdam from April 24-28, 2013.

“We are pleased to present new data on VICTRELIS that will help inform health care professionals as they consider the use of VICTRELIS in appropriate patients”

Key Presentations About VICTRELIS 200 mg Capsules

  • Safety And Efficacy Of Boceprevir/Peginterferon/Ribavirin (Boc/P/R) Combination Therapy For Chronic HCV G1 Patients With Compensated Cirrhosis: A Meta-Analysis Of Five Phase III Clinical Trials, J.M. Vierling et al. Late Breaker. Thursday, April 25, 9:00- 18:00. RAI Convention Centre.
  • Virologic Response Rates Are Similar In Previously Untreated And Previously Treated And Relapsed Patients Receiving Boceprevir Triple Therapy: A Retrospective Analysis. Bacon, B. et al. Poster 791. Friday, April 26, 12:30-14:00. RAI Convention Centre.

Key Investigational Compound Presentations

  • High Sustained Viral Response at 12- and 24-week follow-up of MK-5172 with Pegylated Interferon alfa-2b and Ribavirin (PR) in HCV Genotype 1 Treatment-naïve Non-cirrhotic Patients. Manns, M. et al. Oral Presentation: Friday, April 26, 16:00-18:00, RAI Convention Centre.
  • MK-5172 In Combination With Peg-Interferon And Ribavirin Elicits Limited Resistance While Demonstrating Robust Efficacy In Treatment Naïve Genotype 1 Chronic HCV-Infected Patients. Howe, A. et al. Poster 1197. Saturday, April 27, 12:30-13:30. RAI Convention Centre.
  • Sustained Viral Response And Safety Of MK-7009 In Cirrhotic Treatment-Experienced Patients With Genotype 1 HCV Infection Who Have Failed Previous Pegylated Interferon And Ribavirin Treatment. Rodriguez-Torres, M. et al. Oral Presentation. Saturday, April 27, 8:30-10:30. RAI Convention Centre.

"We are pleased to present new data on VICTRELIS that will help inform health care professionals as they consider the use of VICTRELIS in appropriate patients," said Eliav Barr, M.D., vice president, Infectious Diseases, Project Leadership and Management, Merck Research Laboratories. "Merck is committed to helping reduce the burden of this serious disease worldwide. We look forward to sharing our new data about VICTRELIS and Merck's investigational medicines for chronic hepatitis C with the global scientific community."

MK-5172 is an investigational, once-daily, oral HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor currently in Phase II development. Vaniprevir is an oral, twice-daily HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor in Phase III development in Japan for the treatment of genotype 1 patients.

The abstracts were published today and can be accessed on the EASL website.

Source Merck

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