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Phase II/III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Arimoclomol in SOD1 Positive Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified by Emory University, March 2009
First Received: June 24, 2008   Last Updated: March 17, 2009   History of Changes
Sponsors and Collaborators: Emory University
ALS Association
FDA Office of Orphan Products Development
Massachusetts General Hospital
Information provided by: Emory University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00706147
  Purpose

The purpose of this study will be to demonstrate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of arimoclomol in subjects with SOD1 positive familial ALS. This type of ALS is HEREDITARY (runs in families), and at least one other person in the family must have had ALS.

Study hypotheses: Arimoclomol, taken at a dose of 100 mg three times daily will reduce by at least 30% the rate of progression of disease. In addition, it will be safe and well tolerated in subjects with SOD1 positive familial ALS.


Condition Intervention Phase
Hereditary ALS
Familial ALS
Familial Form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (fALS)
SOD1 Positive ALS
Inherited ALS
Drug: Arimoclomol
Phase II
Phase III

Genetics Home Reference related topics: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
MedlinePlus related topics: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Drug Information available for: Arimoclomol
U.S. FDA Resources
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment, Randomized, Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Placebo Control, Parallel Assignment, Safety/Efficacy Study
Official Title: Phase II/III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Arimoclomol in SOD1 Positive Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Further study details as provided by Emory University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Rate of decline of ALSFRS-R (ALS functional rating scale-revised) over a period of 12 months will be the primary outcome measure. [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Disease progression as measured by the rate of decline of FEV6 and MUNE. [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Time to death, tracheostomy or permanent assisted ventilation will be the secondary endpoint. [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Safety and tolerability of arimoclomol will be evaluated by using vital signs and weight, clinical laboratory measures, physical examination, report of adverse events, and the proportion of subjects completing the study on assigned treatment. [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
1: Placebo Comparator Drug: Arimoclomol

Drug: Placebo capsule given three times per day

Drug: Arimoclomol capsule given three times per day

2: Active Comparator Drug: Arimoclomol

Drug: Placebo capsule given three times per day

Drug: Arimoclomol capsule given three times per day


Detailed Description:

Using a seamless, adaptive, phase II/III design, we will determine the safety and efficacy of arimoclomol in patients with SOD1 positive familial ALS.

Both stage-1 and stage-2 are randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled in a population of patients with rapidly progressive SOD1 positive familial ALS. Patients with ALS, a history of a relative affected with ALS (i.e. familial ALS) and the presence of a demonstrable mutation in the SOD1 gene that is known to be associated with rapidly progressive disease, will be eligible for inclusion in this study. Potentially eligible subjects will undergo screening via telephone and, if necessary, review of outside medical records. Subjects who meet all eligibility criteria will travel to Emory or MGH for final eligibility determination, baseline evaluation and will then be randomized 1:1 to receive either placebo or arimoclomol at a dose of 100mg t.i.d.

Participants will then be evaluated again in person at Emory or MGH at Month-2. Subsequent telephonic evaluations at Month-3, -4, -5, -6, -8, and -10 will be performed in participants' homes. Safety and tolerability evaluations will be performed at each of these visits. Collection of blood samples for safety laboratory analyses and measurement of blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and weight will be performed at Months -1, -3,

  • 5, -6, -8, and -10 in the participant's home by a representative of a medical monitoring company. An Emory study coordinator will perform an in-person visit at Month-12. A final evaluation will be performed via telephone at Month -13 (30 days after the last dose of study medication).
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Type of ALS that is hereditary (runs in families)only
  • El Escorial criteria for familial ALS and a family history of a pathogenic mutation in a gene known to be associated with ALS, such as the SOD1 gene.
  • Willingness to undergo genetic testing and to learn the results.
  • Demonstrable mutation in the SOD1 gene that is reported to be associated with a rapid rate of disease progression (i.e. A4V, A4T, C6F, C6G, V7E, L8Q, G10V, G41S, H43R, H48Q, D90V, G93A, D101H, D101Y, L106V, I112M, I112T, R115G, L126X, G127X, A145T, V148G, V148I).
  • Age 18 years or older; male or female.
  • Capable of providing informed consent and complying with trial procedures.
  • Diagnosis within less than 6 months of the anticipated date of the baseline visit AND study participants' subjective evaluation that they expect their physical condition to permit travel to the study site for both the baseline and 2-month study visits.
  • Women must not be able to become pregnant (e.g. post menopausal for at least one year, surgically sterile, or practicing adequate birth control methods) for the duration of the study. Adequate contraception includes: oral contraception, implanted contraception, intrauterine device in place for at least 3 months, or barrier method in conjunction with spermicide.
  • Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test at screening visit and be non-lactating.
  • Not taking riluzole, or on a stable dose for at least thirty days prior to the baseline visit.
  • Identifiable local medical doctor to assist with urgent care of any medical complications that may arise.
  • Absence of any of the exclusion criteria.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of known sensitivity or intolerability to Arimoclomol or to any other related compound.
  • Exposure to any investigational drug within 30 days of the screening visit.
  • Presence of any of the following clinical conditions:

    1. Substance abuse within the past year
    2. Unstable cardiac, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, endocrine, hematologic, or active infectious disease
    3. AIDS or AIDS-related complex
    4. Unstable psychiatric illness defined as psychosis (hallucinations or delusions), untreated major depression within 90 days of the screening visit.
    5. Positive pregnancy test at screening visit
  • Screening laboratory values:

    1. Creatinine greater than 1.5
    2. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) greater than 3.0 times the upper limit of normal
    3. Total bilirubin greater than 2.0 times the upper limit of normal
    4. White blood cell (WBC) count less than 3,500/mm3
    5. Platelet concentration less than 100,000/ul
    6. Hematocrit level less than 33 for female or less than 35 for male
  • Female patients who are breast-feeding
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00706147

Contacts
Contact: Cathy Raiser, MSN, APRN-BC (404) 712-8578 craiser@emory.edu; fals@emory.edu
Contact: Michael Benatar, MBChB, DPhil 1-888-413-9315 fals@emory.edu

Locations
United States, Georgia
Emory University Recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Contact: Cathy Raiser, MSN, APRN-BC     404-712-8578     craiser@emory.edu    
Contact: Benatar Team     1-888-413-9315     fals@emory.edu    
Principal Investigator: Michael Benatar, MBChB, DPhil            
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
ALS Association
Massachusetts General Hospital
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Michael Benatar, MBChB, DPhil Emory University
Principal Investigator: Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Emory University School of Medicine ( Michael Benatar MBChB, DPhil )
Study ID Numbers: Arimoclomol in SOD1 fALS
Study First Received: June 24, 2008
Last Updated: March 17, 2009
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00706147     History of Changes
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Emory University:
Hereditary ALS
Hereditary neurological disease
Lou Gehrig's Disease
Motor Neuron Disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Familial ALS
Neuromuscular disease
SOD1 mutation
Superoxide dismutase

Study placed in the following topic categories:
Lou Gehrig's Disease
Spinal Cord Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Central Nervous System Diseases
Sclerosis
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Degenerative Motor System Disease
Motor Neuron Disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pathologic Processes
Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Nervous System Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Sclerosis
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Motor Neuron Disease

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 07, 2009