Merck to present new data for investigational hepatitis C treatments MK-5172 and MK-8742 at EASL Annual Meeting/The International Liver Congress™ 2014
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Merck announced that new Phase 2 data for its two investigational hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatments are scheduled to be presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver…
Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that new Phase 2 data for its two investigational hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatments – MK-5172, an investigational HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and MK-8742, an investigational HCV NS5A replication complex inhibitor – are scheduled to be presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), also known as The International Liver Congress™ 2014. The data are from Merck’s overall Phase 2 clinical program. The meeting will take place in London, United Kingdom, April 9 – 13, 2014.
Based on the results of the Phase 2 program, Merck is initiating a Phase 3 clinical trial program, to be named C-EDGE. The C-EDGE program is designed to evaluate these investigational treatments across genotypes and in different HCV subpopulations, including patients with chronic kidney disease, HIV/HCV co-infection, and cirrhosis.
“These additional clinical data for MK-5172 and MK-8742 build upon the clinical evidence collected to date across a broad spectrum of patients with chronic HCV,” said Dr. Eliav Barr, vice president, Infectious Disease, Merck Research Laboratories. “Based on these data, we are pursuing a Phase 3 clinical program for these potentially important investigational medicines.”
In October 2013, Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to the investigational combination MK-5172/MK-8742 for treatment of chronic HCV infection.
Selected Presentations for MK-5172/MK-8742:
Efficacy and Safety of MK-5172 and MK-8742 ± Ribavirin in Hepatitis C Genotype 1 Infected Patients with Cirrhosis or Previous Null-Response: The C-WORTHY Study. Lawitz, E. et al. Oral presentation #O61: April 11, 2014, 4:00-4:15 p.m. BST.
Efficacy and Safety of the All-Oral Regimen, MK-5172/MK-8742 ± RBV for 12 Weeks in GT1 HCV/HIV Co-infected Patients: The C-WORTHY Study. Sulkowski, M. et al. Oral presentation #O63: April 11, 2014, 4:30-4:45 p.m. BST.
Safety and Efficacy of the All-Oral Regimen of MK-5172/MK-8742 ± Ribavirin in Treatment-naïve, Non-cirrhotic Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1 Infection: The C-WORTHY Study. Hezode, C et al. Oral Presentation #O10: April 10, 2014, 4:45-5:00 p.m. BST.