Technivie (Ombitasvir / Paritaprevir / Ritonavir) Facts

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Technivie Background: Hepatitis C genotype 4 only accounts for about 13% of global hep C infections and isn’t as common in Canada as it is in the Middle East and Africa. However, due to increased travel and immigration, the population who have hep C genotype 4 and who live in high-income countries  is growing.

Currently, those in BC with hep C genotype 4 have two treatment options. The first treatment option is pegylated interferon and ribavirin. It is covered by BC’s PharmaCare for genotype 4, but only has a SVR, or “cure rate”, of up to 65% as a genotype 4 treatment. It is a treatment known for poor tolerability, multiple side effects, and high rates of patients deciding to stop treatment early.

The second treatment option for those with hep C genotype 4 is Sovaldi in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin. This option is more successful, however, it isn’t covered by BC’s PharmaCare for genotype 4 and it includes pegylated interferon with ribavirin and its side effects.

Therefore, AbbVie, the creator of Technivie (ombitasvir / paritaprevir / ritonavir), is working to add a new treatment option to BC PharmaCare’s formulary.* This new treatment option, Technivie, has been approved for use by Health Canada and the FDA in the States.***

Targeted HCV Genotype:  4

Targeted Patients: Those without liver problems, or with Child-Pughs A, who have never tried hep C treatment or have previously tried peginterferon and ribavirin but weren’t cured by it. Those who have not had a severe skin rash after taking ritonavir.

Generic Name:  Ombitasvir / paritaprevir / ritonavir

Treatment Description:  Technivie is made up of 2 direct acting antivirals (ombitasvir and paritaprevir) and ritonavir, a booster for paritaprevir. It is taken without interferon.

  • Ombitasvir / paritaprevir / ritonavir +
  • Ribavirin

Approximate Sustained Viral Response / Cure Rate:  100% with ribavirin, 91% without ribavirin

Daily Dose:  2 pills taken once in the morning with food + ribavirin taken once in the morning and once at night

Length of Treatment:  12 weeks

The Most Common Side Effects Reported During Technivie Clinical Trials:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness (fatigue)
  • Weakness (asthenia)

No one in the Pearl-I clinical trial discontinued treatment because of side effects.

Availability:  Technivie is approved for use in Canada

Clinical Trials for Technivie:

Clinical Trial Patients Treatment Regimen SVR12
PEARL-I* (12 weeks) Genotype (GT) 4 treatment naive, without cirrhosis Technivie 91%
Technivie + Ribavirin 100%
GT4 treatment experienced without cirrhosis Technivie + Ribavirin 100%
AGATE-I** (12, 16, or 24 weeks) This randomized study evaluates the safety and efficacy of Technivie with ribavirin in adults with hep C genotype 4 and cirrhosis who are treatment naive or treatment experienced. The study opened in October 2014. Ongoing but not recruiting
AGATE-II This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of Technivie with ribavirin in those with hep C genotype 4 Ongoing in Egypt
*Pearl-I was a trial which looked at hep C genotype 1 and 4, treatment-naive and -experienced patients. This trial didn’t include those with cirrhosis or a ribavirin free treatment option for those who were treatment experienced.
**In the Agate-I clinical trial treatment experienced patients had already been treated with Sovaldi in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin or Sovaldi with ribavirin.

More information about this and other emerging hep C treatments can be found at PHCN’s Hepatitis C Treatment Information Project or by emailing

*Technivie is currently approved for use in Canada and is being reviewed for BC PharmaCare coverage. (January 20, 2016)

**The Hepatitis C Treatment Information Project has a hep C treatment vocabulary page that defines words that are commonly used when  hep C treatment is discussed.

***The background information was from CATIE’s TreatmentUpdate 202 (March/April 2014): Simeprevir + interferon + ribavirin in HCV genotype 4 infection, World Federation of Science Journalists’ Hepatitis C: A Worldwide Health Story, FDA News Release: FDA approves Technivie for treatment of chronic hepatitis C genotype 4, Official Technivie, and ‘Ombitasvir plus paritaprevir plus ritonavir with or without ribavirin in treatment-naive and treatment-experienced patients with genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C virus infection (PEARL-I): a randomised, open-label trial’ published by The Lancet, March 31, 2015.