Medivir: Week 24 Interim Results From TMC435 Hepatitis C Phase 2b ASPIRE Study Presented at EASL

By Medivir, PRNE
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Results Show Potent Antiviral Efficacy of Once Daily 150 mg TMC435 in Hepatitis C Patients Who Have Failed Earlier Treatment, Especially in Prior Null Responders, and Excellent Safety and Tolerability

HUDDINGE, Sweden, April 1, 2011 - Medivir AB (OMX: MVIR), the emerging research-based specialty
pharmaceutical company focused on infectious diseases, announces that their
partner, Tibotec has presented the results of a planned Week 24 interim
analysis of the phase 2b ASPIRE study for TMC435 in treatment experienced
hepatitis C patients in a late-breaker session at the 46th Annual meeting of
the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), Berlin, Germany.

Treatment experienced patients are known to be the most
difficult to treat hepatitis C patient group.

TMC435 is a potent, once-daily, oral hepatitis C virus
protease inhibitor which recently entered clinical phase 3 studies. The study
enrolled patients chronically infected with genotype-1 hepatitis C virus
(HCV) that had previously failed treatment with standard of care therapy
(peginterferon and ribavarin). TMC435 is being jointly developed by Medivir
and its partner Tibotec.

In this Week 24 interim analysis, treatment-experienced
patients who failed peginterferon and ribavarin treatment achieved
significantly greater virologic response rates following treatment with
TMC435-containing regimen at all doses, compared with placebo. Results
demonstrated that the TMC435 150 mg dose group showed the highest response,
particularly in prior null responders. In this 150 mg dose group, HCV RNA
levels were undetectable at week 24 for between 82% and 91% of the patients.
Results also showed that there was no statistically relevant difference in
safety and tolerability between the TMC435 and placebo treated groups.

Ron Long, CEO of Medivir, commented: "We are delighted that
these strong results are to be presented at such a prestigious scientific
conference as EASL. TMC435 continues to demonstrate why Medivir are so
confident that hepatitis C treatment can be significantly changed by a more
convenient, once daily protease inhibitor especially for treatment
experienced patients. These data and the recent start of phase 3 clinical
studies for TMC435, represent an exciting stage in Medivir's development as a
significant player in the infectious disease market."

On-treatment response rates are shown below.

                            TMC12/PR48   TMC24/PR48   TMC48/PR48   TMC12/PR48
                              100mg        100mg        100mg        150mg
                              (N=66)       (N=65)       (N=66)       (N=66)
                               HCV RNA <25 IU/mL undetectable, % (u/N)
      Overall population  67,7 (44/65) 59,4 (38/64) 53,8 (35/65) 63,1 (41/65)
          Week 4 (RVR)         ***          ***          ***          ***
    Prior null responders 33,3 (5/15)  50,0 (8/16)  25,0 (4/16)  35,3 (6/17)
    Prior partial
    responders            65,2 (15/23) 40,9 (9/22)  60,9 (14/23) 65,2 (15/23)
         Prior relapser   88,9 (24/27) 80,8 (21/26) 65,4 (17/26) 80,0 (20/25)
       Overall population 87,1 (54/62) 84,5 (49/58) 85,2 (52/61) 85,7 (54/63)
            Week 24              ***          ***          ***          ***
    Prior null responders 71,4 (10/14) 83,3 (10/12) 68,8 (11/16) 70,6 (12/17)
    Prior partial
    responders            86,6 (19/22) 80,0 (16/20) 85,7 (18/21) 86,4 (19/22)
        Prior relapser    96,2 (25/26) 88,5 (23/26) 95,8 (23/24) 95,8 (23/24)
             *** Statistically significant difference versus placebo, p<0,001

    (table continued)

                              TMC24/PR48   TMC48/PR48   Pbo48/PR48
                                150mg        150mg
                                (N=68)       (N=65)       (N=66)
                                HCV RNA <25 IU/mL undetectable, % (u/N)
       Overall population    70,8 (46/65) 66,2 (43/65)  1,5 (1/65)
          Week 4 (RVR)           ***          ***
     Prior null responders   41,2 (7/17)  41,2 (7/17)   0,0 (0/16)
    Prior partial responders 69,6 (16/23) 68,2 (15/22)  0,0 (0/23)
         Prior relapser      92,0 (23/25) 80,8 (21/26)  3,8 (1/26)
       Overall population    90,8 (59/65) 90,3 (56/62) 51,9 (28/54)
            Week 24              ***          ***
     Prior null responders   81,3 (13/16) 93,3 (14/15)  44,4 (4/9)
    Prior partial responders 90,9 (20/22) 86,4 (19/22) 19,0 (4/21)
         Prior relapser      96,3 (26/27) 92,0 (23/25) 83,3 (20/24)
             *** Statistically significant difference versus placebo, p<0,001

The ASPIRE study evaluates the effect of TMC435 in combination
with standard of care (SoC) in 462 patients infected with the difficult to
treat genotype-1 hepatitis C virus who had undergone and failed prior
treatment with (SoC). The study includes patients that have relapsed,
achieved partial response, or achieved no response (null responders) to
treatment with standard of care. TMC435 was administered once daily at a dose
of either 100 mg or 150mg given for either 12, 24, or 48 weeks in combination
with standard of care. Standard of care treatment was continued until the
study completion at week 48.

As well as the late-breaker ASPIRE data presented, a further three
presentations will be made at EASL on TMC435. These include:

Oral presentation: Impact of IL28b genotype and pretreatment
serum IP-10 in treatment-naive genotype-1 HCV patients treated with TMC435 in
combination with peginterferona-2a and ribavirin in PILLAR study, J.
Aerssens, which found that during 24 weeks of treatment, IL28B genotype and
serum IP-10 were predictive of response in patients receiving standard of
care (peginterferon and ribavirin) but had limited predictive value in
patients treated with both TMC435 and peginterferon and ribavirin, therefore
suggesting that TMC435, a potent, once daily oral protease inhibitor, may
overcome the negative consequences of unfavourable host genotype encountered
with pegIFN/RBV.

Poster presentation No.472: Pharmacokinetics of TMC435 in
subjects with moderate hepatic impairment, V. Sekar, which found that no
TMC435 dose adjustment was necessary for patients with moderate liver

Poster presentation No.1221: Treatment outcome and resistance
analysis in HCV genotype 1 patients previously exposed to TMC435 monotherapy
and re-treated with TMC435 in combination with pegifna-2a/ribavirin, O.
Lenz, which found that viral variants in patients who had received TMC435 as
a monotherapy were no longer detected over time and successful treatment
after prior exposure to TMC435 with emergence of resistance variants was
possible in 3/5 patients who had failed interferon-based therapy.

About TMC435 in other clinical studies

TMC435 is a once-daily (q.d.) protease inhibitor drug jointly
developed by Medivir and Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, to treat chronic hepatitis
C virus infections.

Three clinical phase 3 response guided studies were recently

- TMC435-C208 or QUEST-1 includes approximately 375
treatment-naive patients

- TMC435-C216 or QUEST-2 includes approximately 375 treatment-naive

- TMC435-C3007 or PROMISE includes approximately 375 who have
relapsed after prior interferon-based treatment

In parallel to the recent start of the global phase 3-studies,
TMC435 is currently in a follow up phase in three phase 2b clinical trials
(TMC435-C205, TMC435-C206 and TMC435-C215) in G1 treatment-naive and in G1
patients that failed previous IFN-based treatment. More safety and efficacy
data from the phase 2b trials will be presented at scientific meetings later
in 2011.

A phase 3 program for TMC435 has also recently been launched
in Japan.

For additional information for these studies, please see

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infectious disease of the liver
and is a leading cause of chronic liver disease and liver transplants. The
WHO estimates that nearly 180 million people worldwide, or approximately 3%
of the world's population, are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The CDC
has reported that almost three million people in the United States are
chronically infected with HCV.

About Medivir

Medivir is an emerging research-based specialty pharmaceutical
company focused on the development of high-value treatments for infectious
diseases. Medivir has world class expertise in polymerase and protease drug
targets and drug development which has resulted in a strong infectious
disease R&D portfolio. The Company's key pipeline asset is TMC435, a protease
inhibitor which has recently entered phase 3 clinical development for
hepatitis C and is partnered with Tibotec Pharmaceuticals.

Medivir is also marketing its first product, the unique cold
sore product Xerese(TM)/Xerclear(R) which has recently been launched on the
US market. Xerese(TM)/Xerclear(R), which is also approved in Europe, is
partnered with GlaxoSmithKline to be sold OTC in Europe, Japan and Russia and
with Meda AB in North America, Canada and Mexico. Medivir has retained the Rx
rights for Xerclear(R) in Sweden and Finland.

For more information about Medivir, please visit the Company's website:

    For more information about Medivir, please contact:

    Medivir (
    Rein Piir, CFO & VP Investor Relations
    Mobile: +46-708-537-292
    Bertil Samuelsson, CFO Mobile: +46(70)576-13-50

    Mary-Jane Elliott / Amber Bielecka / Katja Toon
    +44(0)20-7920 2330

    USA: Roland Tomforde

For more information about Medivir, please contact: Medivir ( Rein Piir, CFO & VP Investor Relations, Mobile: +46-708-537-292, Bertil Samuelsson, CFO Mobile: +46(70)576-13-50, M:Communications: Mary-Jane Elliott / Amber Bielecka / Katja Toon, Medivir at, +44(0)20-7920 2330; USA: Roland Tomforde, +1-212-232-2356

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