Tenofovir in Late Pregnancy to Prevent Vertical Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus
Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate in Late Pregnancy to Prevent Vertical Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus in Highly Viremic Mothers
  • Phase

    Phase 4
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Completed No Results Posted
  • Intervention/Treatment

    tenofovir ...
  • Study Participants

Immunoprophylaxis failure of hepatitis B virus (HBV) leading to vertical transmission remains a concern and has been reported in approximately 8-15% of infants born to hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) positive mothers with high levels of HBV DNA. Maternal HBV DNA > 6log10 copies/mL (or >200,000 IU/mL) is the major risk for the mother-to-child transmission. Prior observational studies have shown that antiviral therapy including lamivudine or telbivudine use during late pregnancy can safely reduce the rate of vertical transmission in this special population compared to untreated patients.

Tenofovir Disoproxil (TDF), a pregnancy category B medication, reduces HBV DNA and normalizes serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) in chronic hepatitis B patients (CHB) with few adverse effects. Two aspects on tenofovir use in pregnancy will be evaluated prospectively in this study:

The data on its tolerability and safety in HBeAg+ pregnant women with HBV DNA > 6log10 copies/mL (or > 200,000 IU/mL) during late pregnancy and infants.
Its efficacy in the reduction of HBV vertical transmission rate.
Eligible mothers will be randomized (1:1) to either TDF-treated group or untreated group with about 100 subjects in each arm. The treatment group will receive TDF starting at week 30-32 of gestation until week 4 postpartum; follow up will continue until post-partum week 28 and infants age of 28 weeks. Untreated group will receive the standard of care with similar follow-up schedule as the treatment group.
Study Started
Mar 01
Primary Completion
Apr 28
Study Completion
Jun 28
Last Update
Dec 09

Drug TDF treatment

About 100 mothers treated with tenofovir from 30-32 weeks of pregnancy to the week 4 of postpartum, then observed to the end of the study at post-partum week 28, paired infants received standard HBV prophylaxis.

  • Other names: Viread, Tenofovir, TDF, Hepatitis B-IgG, Hepatitis B vaccine

Control arm: HBIG & vaccine for infants No Intervention

Provide standard of care to mothers and standard immunoprophylaxis to their infants

TDF treatment arm Experimental

tenofovir from 30-32 weeks of pregnancy to the week 4 of postpartum for mothers and standard immunoprophylaxis to their infants


Inclusion Criteria:

documented CHB infection with HBsAg positive > 6 months
HBeAg+ CHB pregnant women
gestational age between 30-32 weeks
HBV DNA > 6 log10 copies/mL (or >200,000 IU/mL)
both mother and father of the child are willing to consent for the study

Major Exclusion Criteria:

co-infection with hepatitis A, C, D, E, HIV-1 or sexually transmitted disease (STD)
decompensated liver disease or significant co-morbidity
history of abortion, or diagnosis of fetal defect, or congenital malformation in prior pregnancy
antiviral used within six months prior to this pregnancy, or history of renal or tubular function impairment due to adefovir.
requirement for other medication during pregnancy to manage other chronic disease(s) or concurrent treatment with immune-modulators, cytotoxic drugs, or steroids
the biological father of the child had CHB
clinical signs of threatened miscarriage in early pregnancy
evidence of hepatocellular carcinoma
maternal alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > or = 5 x upper limit of normal (U/mL), or Total Bilirubin > or = 2, or glomerular filtration rate (GFR) < 100, or Albumin < 25 g/L
evidence of fetal deformity by ultrasound examination
patient is participating other clinical study
No Results Posted