Hepatitis C virus (HCV) chronic infections are a leading cause of advanced liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma in the EU5 and a common indication for liver transplantation. The 2013-2015 EMA authorizations of Gilead’s Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (sofosbuvir/ledipasvir), combined with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Daklinza (daclatasvir) and AbbVie’s Viekirax +/- Exviera (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir +/- dasabuvir), have ushered in the era of IFN-free therapy for chronic HCV and completely reshaped the HCV therapeutic market. Recent EMA approvals of Gilead’s Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) and Merck & Co’s Zepatier (elbasvir/grazoprevir) provide additional IFN-free options for EU5 HCV patients. Taken together, currently approved regimens provide efficacious IFN-free options for most HCV genotypes in the EU5. This research focuses on current and anticipated use of HCV regimens, including IFN-free and remaining IFN-based regimens, by capturing patient-share data, current prescribing trends, and anticipated changes in prescribing and treatment. We also evaluate physician-perceived drivers and obstacles to the uptake of key brands.

Questions Answered in This Report:

What factors influence physicians’ treatment and management of chronic HCV infections?

What are the major drug attributes driving physicians to prescribe certain brands?

What obstacles prevent physician prescribing of key HCV therapies?

How do physicians anticipate their prescribing of different therapies to change in the next six months?


Markets covered: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and United Kingdom

Methodology: Survey of 89 gastroenterologists and 162 hepatologists; approximately 50 respondents per EU5 country

Key drugs covered: Incivo, Victrelis, Sovaldi, Olysio, Daklinza, Harvoni, Viekirax + Exviera, Zepatier, Epclusa, glecaprevir/pibrentasvir, sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir

Key companies mentioned: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Merck & Co., Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Roche

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  • Hepatitis C Virus - Current Treatment - Detailed, Expanded Analysis (EU5)

Author(s): Steven F. Trueman, PhD

Steve is a member of Decision Resources Group’s Infectious, Niche, and Rare Diseases (INRD) team. Currently, he provides analyses and content production on infections caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Steve conducted his postdoctoral research on models of neurodegenerative disease in the Department of Biochemistry at Brandeis University. He earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, where he studied protein translocation into the endoplasmic reticulum.