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Efficacy of Intuniv Extended Release as Adjunctive Therapy With Psycho-stimulant on Executive Function in Children With ADHD

Information source: JPM van Stralen Medicine Professional
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Condition(s) targeted: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Intervention: Guanfacine extended release (Drug); Placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: JPM van Stralen Medicine Professional

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Judy PM van Stralen, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: JPM van Stralen Medicine Professinal Organization

Overall contact:
Judy PM van Stralen, MD, Phone: 6137267355, Email: research@drvanstralen.ca


This study looks to examine whether or not INTUNIV extended release can help children aged 6-12 years diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in improving Executive Function when added to their usual care stimulant therapy. Executive functions are a set of mental processes that include emotional control, planning, organization, working memory, inhibition of behaviors, and managing time and space. As children with ADHD usually have difficulties with Executive Function, and Executive function difficulties lead to more difficulties in school and behaviour, it is anticipated that adding INTUNIV extended release to usual stimulant therapy will improve Executive Function scores as rated by parents and teachers. Improvements in quality of life will also be measured.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Single-Center, Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Evaluation of the Effect of INTUNIV Extended Release as Adjunctive Treatment With Stimulant on Executive Function and Quality of Life at Home and School in Children With ADHD

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: To evaluate the effect of adjunctive INTUNIV extended release treatment on executive function as assessed by the BRIEF-parent questionnaires

Secondary outcome:

To evaluate the effect of adjunctive INTUNIV extended release treatment on quality of life as assessed by the KINDL®-child and KINDL®-parent questionnaires.

To examine the congruency of the perceived effect of treatment on EF and quality of life from the perspective of the subject, parent, and teacher.

To evaluate the effect of adjunct therapy on ADHD symptom control as assessed by the ADHD Rating Scale (ADHD-RS-IV) and Clinical Global Impression (CGI) of Severity (CGI-S) and of Improvement (CGI-I) questionnaires.

To compare the percentage of subjects experiencing suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviour and self-injurious behaviour without suicidal intent and incident of Serious Adverse Events in each treatment arm

Detailed description: Although stimulant medications have been shown to have positive impact on executive function (EF) (Findling et al, 2009; Hale et al. 2011), little has been documented about the effect of INTUNIV extended release on EF in children. The manifestation of clinical symptoms related to impairment in EF often leads to the search for additional treatment options and in many cases to adjunct therapies to the traditional stimulant medication treatment regimen. Demonstrating that the addition of INTUNIV extended release to usual stimulant therapy is effective for symptom control as well as in improving EF may influence clinical treatment algorithms and the need for health care resources to effectively manage patients. Since EF deficits negatively impact academic achievement and behavior at school and because children spend a large number of daytime hours at school, the concordance of any reported improvement in the school and the home environment will be examined. Overall improvement in quality of life with the addition of INTUNIV extended release will also be evaluated.


Minimum age: 6 Years. Maximum age: 12 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Male or female patient aged 6 to 12 years at the time of consent/assent and to then of study. A patient who would turn 13 before the end of the study cannot be enrolled 2. Patient's parent or legally authorized representative (LAR) must provide signed informed consent before any study-related procedures are completed. 3. Patient meets the diagnostic standard manual-5 criteria for a primary diagnosis of ADHD, combined sub-type, hyperactive/impulsive sub-type, or inattentive sub-type 4. Patient is currently on a stable stimulant regimen but whose EF is suboptimal. Suboptimal EF is defined as a global executive composite t-score greater than 65 (>1. 5 SD from mean) on the BRIEF-P questionnaire at screening. 5. Patient who is currently and is expected to remain on a stable stimulant regimen throughout the study. A stable stimulant regimen is defined as: •No significant change in dose or dosing frequency within the past 30 days prior to screening and stimulant is felt to be optimized by the investigator. 6. Patient is functioning at an age-appropriate level intellectually, as judged by the Investigator. 7. Patient is able to swallow intact tablets. 8. Patient has sitting blood pressure (BP) measurement within the 95th percentile for age, sex, and height (see Blood Pressure Levels for Boys and Girls by Age and Height Percentile 9. Patient and parent/LAR understand, are willing, able, and likely to fully comply with the study procedures and restrictions defined in this protocol. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Patient has a current, controlled (requiring a prohibited medication or behavioural modification program) or uncontrolled, co-morbid psychiatric diagnosis [except oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)], including any severe co-morbid Axis II disorders or severe Axis I disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar illness, psychosis, pervasive developmental disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse disorder, or other symptomatic manifestations or lifetime history of bipolar illness, psychosis or conduct disorder. 2. Patient has any condition or illness which, in the opinion of the Investigator, represents an inappropriate risk to the patient and/or could confound the interpretation of the study. Mild stable asthma treated without the use of beta-2 agonist is not exclusionary. 3. Patient has a known personal history, or presence, of structural cardiac abnormalities, cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease, serious heart rhythm abnormalities, syncope, tachycardia, cardiac conduction problems (e. g., clinically significant heart block or QT interval prolongation: QTc >0. 44 seconds), exercise-related cardiac events including syncope and pre-syncope, or clinically significant bradycardia. 4. Patient has a known family history (in siblings, parents, and/or grand-parents) of sudden cardiac death, ventricular arrhythmia, or QT prolongation (QTc >0. 44 seconds). 5. Patient has a known history of hypertension (see Blood Pressure Levels for Boys and Girls by Age and Height Percentile 6. Patient has glaucoma. 7. Patient has a history of a seizure disorder (other than a simple childhood febrile seizure). 8. Patient has renal or hepatic insufficiency 9. Patient is currently using prohibited medication. 10. Patient has taken another investigational product within 30 days prior to the Enrolment Visit. 11. Patient has a known or suspected allergy, hypersensitivity, or clinically significant intolerance to guanfacine hydrochloride or any of its active ingredients or patient is taking other products containing guanfacine. 12. History of adverse event or failure to respond (lack of efficacy) to an adequate trial of an alpha-agonist. 13. Patient is female and is pregnant or currently lactating. 14. Patient is currently considered a suicide risk in the opinion of the Investigator, has previously made a suicide attempt, or has a prior history of, or is currently demonstrating active suicide ideation. Patients with intermittent passive suicidal ideation are not necessarily excluded based on the assessment of the Investigator.

Locations and Contacts

Judy PM van Stralen, MD, Phone: 6137267355, Email: research@drvanstralen.ca

JPM van Stralen Medicine Professional Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario K2G1W2, Canada; Recruiting
Judy PM van Stralen, MD, Phone: 6137267355, Email: research@drvanstralen.ca
Judy PM van Stralen, MD, Principal Investigator
Erica Corsi, MD, Sub-Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: October 2013
Last updated: November 10, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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