HCV positive subjects documented by serum HCV RNA concentration > 100,000 IU/mL within 21
days of first study treatment Receipt of adequate previous PEG-IFN and RBV therapy for a
minimum of 12 weeks (PEG-IFN alpha-2a doses of > 180 μg/wk or PEG-IFN alpha-2b 1.5 µg/kg/wk
and at least 800 mg RBV daily) not resulting in a minimum of a 2 log decrease in HCV RNA
concentrations while on treatment (null responders). Or, receipt of adequate previous
treatment PEG-IFN and RBV therapy for a minimum of 24 weeks (PEG-IFN alpha-2a doses of ≥
180 μg/wk or PEG-IFN alpha-2b 1.5 µg/kg/wk and at least 800 mg RBV daily) resulting in a
minimum of a 2 log decrease in serum HCV RNA concentrations by 12 weeks of treatment but
not resulting in an undetectable viral load after 24 weeks of treatment (partial
responders). If dose modifications were necessary during the treatment due to adverse
events, the subject must have received at least 80% of the PEG-IFN dose and 80% of the RBV
dose to be eligible for the study.
HCV genotype 1 only; other HCV genotypes are excluded. Adults, 18+ years old Written
informed consent Liver biopsy within 5 years of the first dose of study drug, documenting
changes consistent with hepatitis C
Adequate bone marrow, liver, and renal function demonstrated by:
- Hemoglobin > 12 g/dL for females and > 13 g/dL for males
- White blood cell (WBC) > 3,000/mm3
- Neutrophils > 1,500/mm3
- Platelets > 80,000/mm3
- Total bilirubin
- Direct bilirubin Gilbert's disease must be documented in chart and substantiated.
- Albumin > 3.7 g/dL and
- Serum creatinine
is > upper limit of normal then calculated creatinine clearance has to be > 100 mL/min
(by Cockcroft-Gault formula) for patient to be eligible.
Negative pregnancy test in women of childbearing potential. Females of childbearing
potential and males who have partners of childbearing potential must use two forms of
effective contraception during treatment and during the 6 months after treatment has been
Serum thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels within normal ranges within 21 days of first
study treatment, regardless of treatment with L-thyroxin.
Treatment with any IFN based therapies and/or antiviral therapies within 30 days of the
first dose of study drug Subjects who have previously received an HCV vaccine Child-Pugh
Class B or C History of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, psychosis,
suicidal ideations, or major depression. Subjects with mild to moderate depression in the
past who have a normal to mild Beck Depression Inventory score and no prior history of
suicidal gestures or attempts may be enrolled if, in the Investigator's opinion, they are
suitable for treatment.
Significant cardiovascular disease (e.g., New York Heart Association [NYHA] class 3
congestive heart failure; myocardial infarction within the past 6 months; unstable angina;
coronary angioplasty within the past 6 months; or uncontrolled atrial or ventricular
cardiac arrhythmias) History of immunodeficiency or autoimmune disease including autoimmune
hepatitis, allogeneic transplant, or pre-existing autoimmune or antibody-mediated disease
including, but not limited to: systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple
sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, or autoimmune thrombocytopenia.
Other serious medical conditions including, but not limited to:
- Hepatitis B (positive hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg])
- Cancer (active tumors in the last 5 years)
- Pregnant, partners of pregnant women, or nursing women
- Alcohol or drug misuse within 90 days of screening Use of immunosuppressive doses of
steroids or any anti-metabolite therapies within 3 months of entry into the study
(inhaled and topical corticosteroids are permitted).
Receipt of any vaccine or immunoglobulin within 30 days before the first dose of study
drug. Flu vaccines are only allowed once the subjects are qualified for 36 additional weeks
Prior administration of oligodeoxynucleotides (including study medication CPG 10101),
ribozymes, or any known allergy to CPG 10101, interferon, RVN or their excipients.
Receipt of any investigational drug therapy within 30 days before the first dose of study
Any other condition that, in the opinion of the Investigator, may compromise the safety or
compliance of the subject or would preclude the subject from successful completion of the