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Efficacy and Safety of Sinutab on Subjects in the Setting of a Common Cold

Information source: Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 20, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Common Cold; Headache; Nasal Congestion

Intervention: Pseudoephedrine/Paracetamol (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: McNeil AB

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Elisabeth A Kruse, PhD, Study Director, Affiliation: JJCPPW


The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy and safety for a marketed sinus allergy product, Sinutab, in the treatment of nasal congestion and headache.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Community Pharmacy Based Investigation in the Self-Medication Area Efficacy and Safety of Sinutab and Pseudoephedrine on Subjects With Nasal Congestion Accompanied by Headache in the Setting of a Common Cold

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Change from baseline in the sum of nasal congestion and headache sign/symptom scores

Secondary outcome:

Change from baseline in the mean MSC score over the treatment days. The MSC score is defined as the sum of nasal congestion, headache, sore throat, and pressure around the eyes sign/symptom scores

Change from baseline in the mean individual sign/symptom score, including nasal congestion, headache, sore throat, and pressure around the eyes

Number of lost days at work or school

Mean scores for: (a) interference with concentration; and (b) interference with sleep for days during treatment with study medication only

Safety evaluation by adverse event recording

Exploratory Endpoint: time to reach the first of two consecutive total Modified Jackson Subject Evaluation Scale (MJS) scores (defined as sum of 8 signs/symptoms) ≤ 1

Detailed description:

In response to a mandated requirement from the Belgium Medicines Agency - rising from the

perforce switch of Sinutab® to a 2 active ingredients Pseudoephedrine+Paracetamol

combination - we have made a commitment to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of Sinutab®.

In agreement with the Medicines Agency, an in-use Pharmacy-based study has been designed to demonstrate efficacy and safety of Sinutab® for the approved indications (symptomatic relief in the common cold). This will be a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, comparative phase 4, multi-centre study in parallel groups between Sinutab and placebo. To study the drug in it's 'natural environment', community pharmacists will function as local investigators. Approximately 25 community pharmacists will be carefully selected, and only be taken into consideration if appropriate software programs are used in their pharmacy. This implicates that the pharmacist has a medication record of his patients at his disposal which he will use to check the exclusion criteria. They will include subjects with early (≤ 48 hours) cold symptoms of blocked nose with headache. Subjects fulfilling the inclusion/exclusion criteria will be assigned to one of the two treatment groups, according to a computer-generated randomization list. A sufficient number of subjects will be randomized in the order of their enrolment, targeting at 300 evaluable subjects at the conclusion of study. The following information will be collected every evening from subjects during 7 days: symptom assessment, compliance, adverse events and the ability to go to work or school.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- age 18 years or more

- reported cold symptoms beginning ≤ 48 hours prior to visit 1

- scored ≥ 2 for each of nasal congestion and headache using the Modified Jackson

Subject Evaluation Scale

- willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, treatment plan, and other study


- evidence of a personally signed and dated informed consent document indicating that

the subject has been informed of all pertinent aspects of the trial Exclusion Criteria:

- patients without an electronic medication record in the pharmacy

- history of hypersensitivity to paracetamol or pseudoephedrine or lactose

- fever more than 38. 0°C (measured by pharmacist)

- women in the fertile years who do not use a hormonal contraception or an

intra-uterine device

- use of concomitant drugs, medications or treatments that could interfere with the

study drug

- important intercurrent medical condition based on the available medication record of

the patient. (cf. exclusion criterium 1)

- history of nasal reconstructive surgery

- alcohol and/or drug abuse within a 6-month period immediately preceding the screening


- any medication or indication that might point to an increased risk, associated with

study participation or study drug administration or may interfere with the interpretation of study results and, in the judgment of the study personnel, would make the subject inappropriate for inclusion

- participation in other clinical trials the last three months and during study


- employees of the clinical research centers, sponsor, the CRO's contracted for this

study, or their immediate family members

Locations and Contacts

JJCPPW Investigational Site, Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium
Additional Information

Starting date: January 2007
Last updated: July 6, 2012

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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