Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition hepatitis c, chronic
Treatments renessans , interferon alpha 2b, ribavirin, interferon alfa-2b and ribavirin, renessans
Phase phase 3
Sponsor MTI Medical Private Limited, Pakistan
Start date June 2010
End date June 2013
Trial size 90 participants
Trial identifier NCT01463592, REN1

Summary

Chronic HCV infection is one of the common causes of the chronic liver disease. Approximately 6-10% of the general public is expected to be suffering from this infection. In case that these patients are not treated at an appropriate time, these patients develop the sequelae of the chronic liver disease e.g. cirrhosis of liver, Ascites, and Hepatocellular carinoma. Interferon alpha 2 a or alpha 2b injections and Ribavirin combination is the treatment of choice for people suffering from Chronic HCV infection and this combination need to be administered for 6-12 months. Interferons are biological agents and are to be administered parenterally. Interferons are expensive and are associated with number of minor and major adverse effects. Ribavirin is also associated with significant adverse effects. These compounds cannot be considered as one of the ideal forms of the treatment.

In the past, quite a few natural products have been tested to assess their hepatoprotective activity and possibly anti viral activity as well. These include Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), Vitamin E, Zinc, Silymarin, Red beet roots, crushed licorice and etc. etc.

Rationale Iodine , Potassium iodide and Ascorbic acid are natural products used in the management of Thyroiditis and chronic cutaneous fungal infections. This combination of iodine compounds along with ascorbic acid is being used for the management of chronic hepatitis B & C in the central Asian states e.g. Kazakhstan etc.

The investigators have conducted a feasibility study in which oral Iodine Compound {RENESSANS} was given to patients suffering HCV related Chronic Active Hepatitis and anti-viral activity and safety has been analyzed. In this study, RENESSANS containing regimen has been well tolerated by all the patients and has shown some antiviral activity.

In this study the investigators will assess whether the administration of RENESSANS {oral } improves the antiviral activity in patients receiving standard interferon therapy.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
TRIPPLE THERAPY
renessans , interferon alpha 2b, ribavirin IODINE POLYMER
ORAL RENESSANS 5gm. Twice Daily +INTERFERON ALPHA 2b 3 Million Units s/c +RIBAVIRIN 15mg/kg
(Active Comparator)
DUAL THERAPY
interferon alfa-2b and ribavirin HEBERON
INTERFERON ALPHA 2b 3 Million Units s/c +RIBAVIRIN 15mg/kg
(Experimental)
ORAL RENESSANS
renessans IODINE POLYMER
ORAL RENESSANS 5gm. Thrice Daily{active iodine 300mg} for 6months

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Efficacy of Renessans based triple therapy versus dual therapy
time frame: 03 years

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Assess the safety and tolerability of Renessans in patients with chronic HCV patients
time frame: 3.5 years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 55 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Following groups of the people will be enrolled for the study. - Patients suffering from chronic HCV infection as evident with a positive serology for Anti HCV antibody and raised ALT. - Both males and females - Age group: 18 - 55 years - Informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - Following groups of people will be excluded from the study - Pregnant females - Body mass index more than 25 - Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Ischemic heart disease, Renal failure, Respiratory failure, Chronic infections, gall stone disease or renal stone disease. - Patients known to have hypersensitivity to Iodine compounds in the past. - Psychiatric disorders except mild anxiety disorders. - Patients suffering from auto immune diseases e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, SLE, or thyroid diseases. - Patients suffering from concomitant HBV infection, HIV infection or any other chronic liver disease. - Bilirubin more than 2mg/dl, Albumin less than 3.0 gms/dl, INR more than 1.5, Hb. less than 10 gms /dl, absolute neutrophil count less than 1500/cmm and platelet count less than 100,000/cmm - Serum sodium less than 130mmol/l. - Patients who have received the interferon treatment in the past.

Additional Information

Official title An Open Labelled, Active Controlled, Three Arm, Parallel- Group Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Renessans Administered Alone and in Combination With Standard Interferon Therapy in Patients Chronic HCV Hepatitis
Principal investigator GHIAS UN NABI, FCPS,MRCP
Description 1. Primary The primary objective of this study is to assess the efficacy of combination therapy comprising of RENESSANS, INTERFERONS and RIBAVIRIN in the management of treatment naïve HCV related Chronic Active Hepatitis patients. 2. Secondary The secondary objectives of this study are: 1. Determine the biochemical or virological improvement in patients suffering from HCV related Chronic Active Hepatitis. 2. Determine the safety and tolerability of Renessans {oral} when administered as a part of antiviral activity outlined in this protocol. 3. ENDPOINTS The primary endpoint will be the number of subjects achieving 1. Virological response as evident by Rapid Viral Response(RVR), Early Viral Response(EVR) and Sustained Viral Response(SVR). 2. Biochemical response as evident by normalization of ALT. The secondary endpoint will be a. Assessment of the safety and tolerability of RENESSANS through: routine physical examination, routine clinical laboratory tests, clinical monitoring and adverse events reporting. 4. INVESTIGATIONAL PLAN Study Design. This is an open labeled, active controlled, three arm, parallel-group study of the safety and efficacy of the oral formulation of natural iodine compound (Renessans) administered alone and in combination with standard interferon therapy in patient suffering from chronic HCV hepatitis. The enrolled patients will be tested for following base line laboratory tests VISIT 1: CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes Thyroid Function tests HBsAg, HIV antibody Urinalysis ANA, RA factor and serum ferritin levels USG of abdomen HCV RNA (PCR by amplicor, roche) qualitative analysis, if positive then quantitative analysis (Real time) and genotype as well. Pregnancy test in case of females Informed consent shall be obtained and each individual patient's treatment risk shall be covered under a certified health insurance plan. Renessans will be administered in eligible patients as follows: Study Arm Dosing Schema Group I ORAL RENESSANS 5gm. Thrice Daily{active iodine 300mg} for 6months Group II a ORAL RENESSANS 5gm. Twice Daily +INTERFERON ALPHA 2b 3 Million Units s/c +RIBAVIRIN 15mg/kg Group II b INTERFERON ALPHA 2b 3 Million Units s/c +RIBAVIRIN 15mg/kg Blood samples shall be collected and stored for post - hoc analysis of HCV RNA at day 1, 7 and 15(visit 2,3 & 4). Patients will be reviewed for the hepatoprotection, anti viral activity and any adverse event every four weeks with following clinical and lab work. VISIT 5 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 4. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes Thyroid Function tests Ferritin HCV RNA (PCR) quantitative analysis VISIT 6 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 8. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 7 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 12. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes Thyroid Function tests Ferritin HCV RNA (PCR) quantitative analysis VISIT 8 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 16. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 9 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 20. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 10 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 24. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 11 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 28. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 12 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 32. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 13 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 36. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 14 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 40. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 15 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 44. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 16 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 48. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 15 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 52. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 15 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 60. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes VISIT 16 Detailed history and physical examination Following lab. Investigations at week 72. CBC including platelet count and ESR Liver function tests including albumin and total proteins. Creatinine Serum electrolytes Thyroid Function tests Ferritin HCV RNA (PCR) quantitative analysis
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2011.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by MTI Medical Private Limited, Pakistan.