This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions painful myelopathy, painful neuropathy
Treatments ziconotide, placebo
Phase phase 4
Sponsor Aaron Boster
Start date October 2013
End date December 2014
Trial size 56 participants
Trial identifier NCT01992562, PRIALT01


This is a phase 4 study being conducted at the Ohio State University Department of Neurology Multiple Sclerosis Research Program. The purposes of the study is to administer a single shot of intrathecal (injection into the space surrounding the spinal cord via a lumbar puncture or spinal tap) ziconotide as a test dose to patients who have chronic painful myelopathy (pain from spinal cord damage) or painful peripheral neuropathy (pain from nerve damage) that has not responded to other pain medicines. Study Hypothesis: We intend to determine if a single shot trial (SST) of intrathecal (IT) ziconotide will temporarily reduce pain in these patients. In the proposed study, patients will receive two injections, one of which is the ziconotide and one which is a placebo. They will be blinded and not know which order they receive the treatment versus placebo. The results of this clinical trial will provide a focused examination of ziconotide efficacy and safety in patients with painful neuropathies or myelopathies that have not been effectively treated with other pain medications. Moreover, the use of a single shot trial (SST) IT injection in the outpatient setting will provide evidence for application of this technique in outpatient neurological clinical practice, thereby improving access to this specific patient population. Ziconotide is currently FDA approved for this indication and route of administration. Therefore, a study design that improves the feasibility of ziconotide trialing specifically in the neurology clinic (that is, single shot administration) is being used in order to ensure its broader use by neurologists who routinely care for neuropathy and myelopathy patients. Information from this study will also inform future studies of predictors for long term efficacy after pump placement.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model crossover assignment
Masking double blind (subject, investigator)
Primary purpose treatment
5 mcg ziconotide in 1ml of normal saline bolus intrathecal injection
ziconotide Prialt
(Placebo Comparator)
1ml of normal saline bolus intrathecal injection

Primary Outcomes

Visual Analog Scale f Pain Intensity
time frame: within 8 hours post injection

Secondary Outcomes

Numerical Rating Scale of Pain (NRS)
time frame: within 8 hours of Injection
Brief Pain Inventory Scale
time frame: within a week of Injection
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index
time frame: within a week of injection
Patient Global Impression of Change
time frame: within 8 hours of injection

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Men or women 18 years or older. 2. Neuropathic pain due to peripheral neuropathy or myelopathy 3. Duration of condition greater than 6 months 4. Inadequate control with trials of three or more analgesic agents considered standard care for treatment of neuropathic pain; treatment failure can be either due to lack of efficacy or to intolerable side effects. 5. Documented normal CK and GFR within 6 months preceding screening. 6. Baseline BPI pain severity subscale score of >5/10 Exclusion Criteria: 1. Renal insufficiency 2. History of Myopathy or persistently elevated CK levels 3. History of prior suicide attempt or ideation 4. History of Psychosis 5. Pregnancy or breastfeeding 6. Inability or unwillingness to use contraception 7. Inability to provide consent 8. Inability to tolerate lumbar punctures 9. Receiving systemic anticoagulation therapy (eg. Coumadin) 10. Inability/unwilling to self-catheterize if indicated 11. Change (start, stop, adjust) in home medications 30 days prior to screening visit. 12. Baseline CES-D score > 30 13. Subject has previously failed ziconotide treatment 14. Other factors that in the opinion of the PI would exclude the subject from participation in the study

Additional Information

Official title A Phase 4, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Cross-over Clinical Trial of a Single Shot of Intrathecal Ziconotide for the Treatment of Chronic, Medically Refractory Pain From Painful Peripheral Neuropathy or Myelopathy
Principal investigator Aaron L Boster, MD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Ohio State University.