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Study of Thyroid Hormones in Prematures

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

Condition(s) targeted: Transient Hypothyroxinemia of Prematurity (THOP)

Intervention: thryoid hormone T4 + oral potassium iodide (KI) for 42 days (Drug); D5W - 5% dextrose water (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Not yet recruiting

Sponsored by: New York Medical College

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Edmund F La Gamma, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: New York Medical College

Overall contact:
Edmund F La Gamma, MD, Phone: 914 493 8558, Email: edmund_lagamma@nymc.edu


The investigators hypothesize that continuous infusion of 4 g/Kg/day T4 with 30 g/Kg/day oral potassium iodide (KI) for 42 days from birth will reduce by 30% or more (from an estimated 30% to 21%) the proportion of extremely low gestational age subjects with a composite endpoint of "cerebral palsy (CP) or a Bayley III Composite Cognitive Score < 85" at 36 months corrected postnatal age (CA).

Clinical Details

Official title: Phase III Study of Thyroid Hormones in Prematures

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

Primary outcome: Compare incidence of a COMPOSITE endpoint of "cerebral palsy (CP) or a Bayley III Composite Cognitive Score < 85" at 36 months corrected postnatal age (CA).

Secondary outcome: Compare measures of cognitive and executive function and attention.

Detailed description: This study is a Phase III multicenter, masked, placebo controlled randomized clinical trial (RCT) of thyroid hormone supplementation in premature infants. Survival for extremely low

gestational age neonates (ELGAN; 24 - 28 weeks) has risen to >80% over the past 40 years yet

cognitive delays or cerebral palsy (CP) still affect 30% of survivors. Since more than 25,000 ELGANs are born each year in the United States, a major priority in newborn medicine must be to translate the gains in survival into gains in healthy survival without the current high frequency of impairments. Transient hypothyroxinemia of prematurity (THOP) occurs in 50% of ELGANs and is strongly associated as an independent risk factor with lower IQ scores, behavioral abnormalities and CP in ELGANs. Prior evidence suggested a benefit from replacement therapy but studies were underpowered to prove this. The current project extends the findings of our Phase 1 trial (THOP1; R01-NS45109) where four thyroid hormone regimens were tested. We showed that continuous infusion of 4 µg/Kg/day thyroxine x 42d

could safely correct transient hypothyroxinemia without markedly lowering TSH - creating a

"biochemical euthyroid" state. THOP2 is designed to test the primary hypothesis that compared to placebo, thyroid hormone supplementation from birth will reduce from 30% to 21% the proportion of subjects with a composite endpoint of "CP or a Bayley III Cognitive Score < 85." A Secondary hypothesis is that hormone treatment will improve other measures of cognitive and executive function or attention as assessed by: i) Bayley III Parent Interview for Adaptive Behavior and the BRIEF-P (Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool Version) and ii) the frequency of screening positive on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT). We plan to enroll 1,224 subjects over a 19. 8 month period at 14 centers to obtain 388 surviving toddlers at 36 months corrected age in each of two arms. The current application describes the scientific basis of the proposed overall clinical trial; it is linked to a cluster application creating a Data Monitoring and Analysis Coordinating Center (DCC) at Michigan State University (MSU). The additional societal cost from CP in an affected person's lifetime is estimated at $1 million; the costs of mental retardation are even higher. If this trial shows that an inexpensive intervention can reduce the risks of CP and mental retardation by 30% in ELGANs, we estimate the overall savings from preventing more than 2,000 such cases (9% of 25,000) at about $2 billion per year.


Minimum age: N/A. Maximum age: 24 Hours. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Neonates 24 0/7 to 27 6/7 weeks gestational age 2. inborn or transferred; < 24 hours old Exclusion Criteria: 1. Maternal or congenital thyroid disease or 2. Maternal substance abuse by history at the time of birth (heroin or cocaine) 3. Major congenital or surgical malformations of neonate 4. Known chromosomal anomalies detected by antepartum testing or direct physical examination 5. Absence of parental consent or treating physician assent 6. A concurrent clinical trial with another randomized drug 7. Death expected < 48h vi) Another concern by the treating physician that either mandates or prohibits study treatment such as known adverse drug interaction 8. mother < 18 years old at delivery

Locations and Contacts

Edmund F La Gamma, MD, Phone: 914 493 8558, Email: edmund_lagamma@nymc.edu

Maria Fareri Childrens Hospital, Valhalla, New York 10595, United States; Not yet recruiting
Lance Parton, MD, Phone: 914-493-8558, Email: lance_parton@nymc.edu
Gad Alpan, MD, Phone: 914 493 8558, Email: gad_alpan@nymc.edu
Lance Parton, MD, Principal Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: July 2014
Last updated: April 3, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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