Hepatitis C virus (HCV) protease inhibitors are not cost-effective for first-time treatment takers with HCV genotype 1 and the IL-28B CC genotype, according to analysis conducted by Ziad Gellad, MD, MPH, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and his colleagues. They reported their findings on Monday, November 7, at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) in San Francisco. According to the study authors, people with the IL-28B CC genotype are more likely to be cured with pegylated interferon and ribavirin alone than people with the IL-28B CT or TT genotypes, for whom the addition of either Incivek (telaprevir) or Victrelis (boceprevir) may be more cost effective.
A 24- to 48-week course of pegylated interferon and ribavirin ranges from $18,000 to $30,000. As Gellad noted, “adding Incivek (telaprevir) or Victrelis (boceprevir)”—both recently approved HCV protease inhibitors—“more than doubles the cost of therapy, to a range of $48,000 to $85,000.”