Is an 8‐week regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir sufficient for all #hepatitis C virus infected patients in the real‐world experience?

The revolution of the antiviral treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection resulting in higher effectiveness came with the introduction of direct‐acting antivirals with pangenotypic regimens as a final touch. Among them, the combination of glecaprevir (GLE) and pibrentasvir (PIB) provides the opportunity for shortening therapy to 8 weeks in the majority of patients. Because of still insufficient evaluation of this regimen in the real‐world experience, our study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of 8‐week GLE/PIB in chronic hepatitis C patients depending on liver fibrosis and genotype (GT)..

..A total of 1034 patients with female predominance (52%) were enrolled in the analysis. The majority of them were treatment naïve (94%), presented liver fibrosis (F) of F0–F3 (92%), with the most common GT1b, followed by GT3. The overall sustained virologic response after exclusion of nonvirologic failures was achieved in 95.8% and 98%, respectively (P = 0.19). In multivariate logistic regression HCV GT‐3 (beta = 0.07, P = 0.02) and HIV infection (beta = −0.14, P < 0.001) were independent predictors of nonresponse.

We demonstrated high effectiveness of 8‐week GLE/PIB treatment in a non‐GT3 population irrespective of liver fibrosis stage. Comparable efficacy was achieved in non‐cirrhotic patients regardless of the genotype, including GT3 HCV.