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A fixed-dose combination of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5B polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, the HCV NS5A inhibitor velpatasvir and the HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor voxilaprevir (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir; Vosevi®) is approved in the EU for the treatment of chronic HCV genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 infection in adults. In the phase III POLARIS trials, in patients who had HCV genotype 1-6 infection with or without compensated cirrhosis, overall rates of sustained virological response at 12 weeks post-treatment (SVR12) with sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir were high after 8 weeks of treatment in direct-acting antiviral (DAA)-naïve patients and 12 weeks of treatment in DAA-experienced patients. However, 8 weeks of sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir was inferior to 12 weeks of sofosbuvir/velpatasvir in cirrhotic or non-cirrhotic DAA-naïve patients with HCV genotype 1, 2, 4, 5 or 6 infection and non-cirrhotic DAA-naïve patients with HCV genotype 3 infection, mostly due to an insufficient treatment period. Sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir was generally well tolerated, with most adverse events being of mild or moderate intensity. The most common adverse events included headache, fatigue, nausea and diarrhoea. In conclusion, sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir is an important and effective option for the treatment of HCV genotype 1-6 infection in adults, especially those who have previously failed a DAA therapy with or without an HCV NS5A inhibitor.