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Qutenza®-Remodulin® in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patients

Information source: Imperial College London
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Pulmonary Hypertension; Pain

Intervention: Qutenza (Drug); Tegaderm (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Imperial College London

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Vincenzo Libri, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Imperial College London


The investigators hypothesise that pre-application of Qutenza patches to the skin may reduce pain at the site of Remodulin SC infusion (sited 1 to 2 weeks later at the site of Qutenza pre-application), in which case it would greatly improve the quality of life of the patients, and enable many more to continue with this treatment. It may also provide new information to support the use of Qutenza patches for preventing and reducing pain produced by inflammation. The present study will explore the efficacy of single applications of Qutenza® (capsaicin 8% patch) in reducing site pain caused by continuous SC infusion of Remodulin®, in pulmonary arterial hypertension patients, as assessed by changes in subjective pain rating score and/or pain and sensory testing.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Double-blind, Randomized, Crossover Clinical Study to Assess the Efficacy of Qutenza for the Reduction of Site Pain Caused by Continuous Subcutaneous Infusion of Remodulin, in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patients

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

Primary outcome: Safety Measures

Secondary outcome: Efficacy measure - change in mean NPRS score


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


Inclusion Criteria:

- 18 years or older with symptomatic PAH

- Willing to provide written informed consent to participate in the study.

- With documented diagnosis of PAH, either idiopathic, familial or associated with

connective tissue disease, congenital heart disease or the use of anorexogenic drugs.

- Documented haemodynamic diagnosis of PAH by right heart catheterization - performed

at any time prior to screening, showing: mean pulmonary arterial pressure >25 mm Hg, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure =/< 15 mmHg and pulmonary vascular resistance >240 dynes/sec/cm

- Receiving stable doses of Remodulin® SC, continuously infused at a dose of at least

2. 5 ng/kg/min for at least 8 weeks prior to enrolment. Additional medications that are approved for treatment of PAH (either bosentan or sildenafil) and other supplementary treatments such as oral anticoagulants, diuretics, digitalis, calcium channel blockers or oxygen supplementation are permitted.

- History of pain at the site of Remodulin® SC infusion for at least 8 weeks prior to

enrolment and as assessed on the 11 point pain intensity numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) from 0 to 10, where 0 represents "No pain" and 10 represents "Maximum pain imaginable". Patients with a history of pain intensity equal or greater than 3 NPRS points (as determined by the NPRS trial diary completed during the screening period) are eligible to participate.

- Modified New York Heart Association (NYHA) (WHO) classification II-IV that has been

stable for at least 8 weeks prior to enrolment.

- A female subject is eligible to participate if she is of:

- Non-childbearing potential defined as pre-menopausal females with a documented

tubal ligation or hysterectomy; or postmenopausal defined as 12 months of spontaneous amenorrhea [in questionable cases a blood sample with simultaneous follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) > 40 MlU/ml and estradiol <40 pg/ml (<140 pmol/L) is confirmatory].

- Child-bearing potential and agrees to use one of the contraception methods

listed in the protocol. Exclusion Criteria:

- Patient's participating in another clinical trial or who have done so within 30 days

before screening.

- Patients with PAH in NYHA/WHO functional class I at screening.

- Known to be positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

- Patients with any additional medical condition or illness that, in the opinion of the

Investigator would interfere with study compliance and/or impair the patient's ability to participate or complete the study.

- Patients with a history of substance abuse (e. g. alcohol or drug abuse) within the

previous 6 months before enrolment.

- Patients with a history of severe allergies or multiple drug allergies and/or

reported hypersensitivity to capsaicin.

- Patients with no history of pain at the site of Remodulin® SC infusion or average

pain intensity at screening less than 3 points on the numerical pain rating scale (NPRS).

- Life expectancy less than 12 months.

- Unable to provide informed consent.

- Female patients who are lactating or pregnant (positive pre-randomisation serum

pregnancy test) or plan to become pregnant during the study.

Locations and Contacts

Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, London W120HS, United Kingdom
Additional Information

Starting date: August 2011
Last updated: February 19, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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