Although not currently licensed for patients undergoing dialysis for severe renal impairment, researchers found that treatment with Epclusa for hepatitis C was safe and effective in patients with end-stage renal disease.
“Chronic HCV infection has a significant negative impact on morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing dialysis,” Sergio M. Borgia, MD, FRCPC, from Brampton Civic Hospital in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues wrote. “HCV-infected patients with [chronic kidney disease (CKD)] have an accelerated rate of loss of kidney function, risk of progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and increased risk of all-cause mortality when undergoing dialysis.”
Borgia and colleagues enrolled 59 patients with HCV and ESRD to undergo 12 weeks of treatment with Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir, Gilead Sciences). Most were treatment-naive (78%), 92% were undergoing hemodialysis for a mean duration of 7 years (range, 0-40 years), and 8% were undergoing peritoneal dialysis.