U.S. FDA grants priority review to AbbVie for its investigational regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in all major genotypes (GT1-6)
– If approved, G/P will provide an eight week, once-daily, ribavirin-free cure* for HCV patients without cirrhosis across all major genotypes
– The priority designation shortens the regulatory review period from the standard 10 months to six months from the acceptance of the NDA 
AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) and granted priority review for its investigational, pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P), being evaluated for the treatment of all major genotypes (GT1-6) of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV). The FDA grants priority review designation to medicines that it determines have the potential to provide significant improvements in the safety and effectiveness of the treatment of a serious disease. The NDA is supported by data from eight registrational studies in AbbVie’s G/P clinical development program, which evaluated more than 2,300 patients in 27 countries across all major HCV genotypes and for special populations.
“We are pleased that G/P has been granted priority review by the FDA. We will continue to work closely with the agency as they review our New Drug Application and we remain committed to bringing a new cure to patients with chronic hepatitis C,” said Michael Severino, M.D., executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie.
*Patients who achieve a sustained virologic response at 12 weeks post treatment (SVR12) are considered cured of hepatitis C.
About AbbVie’s HCV Clinical Development Program
AbbVie’s glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P) clinical development program was designed to investigate a faster path to virologic cure for all major HCV genotypes (GT1-6) and with the goal of addressing treatment areas of continued unmet need.
G/P is an investigational, pan-genotypic regimen that is being evaluated as a potential cure in 8 weeks for HCV patients without cirrhosis and who are new to treatment, who make up the majority of HCV patients. AbbVie is also studying G/P in patients with specific treatment challenges, such as genotype 3, patients who were not cured with previous DAA treatment and those with CKD, including patients on dialysis.
G/P is a once-daily regimen that combines two distinct antiviral agents in a fixed-dose combination of glecaprevir (100mg), an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and pibrentasvir (40mg), an NS5A inhibitor. G/P (300/120mg) is dosed once-daily as three oral tablets.
Glecaprevir (GLE) was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENTA) for HCV protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors.
Additional information on the clinical trials for G/P is available at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
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1U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Priority Review. http://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/Approvals/Fast/ucm405405.htm. Accessed February 1, 2017.