Double Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Paliperidone Addition in SRI-Resistant Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Indiana University
Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of South Florida
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00632229
First received: February 29, 2008
Last updated: December 19, 2013
Last verified: October 2013
  Purpose

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and oftentimes disabling disorder. The only established treatments for OCD are a specific form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor medications (SRIs). Few patients with OCD experience complete symptom resolution with either modality and even after two consecutive SRI trials, as many as 30%-40% of patients fail to derive a satisfactory response. Pharmacological options for these SRI-resistant cases include switching to a different antidepressant, increasing the dose of SRI, or augmentation with another agent.

Previous studies showed that approximately 33-50% of OCD patients who have not had an adequate response to SRI medication had a positive response when an atypical antipsychotic medication was added. However, the problematic acute and long-term side effects of these medications are of concern and, at times, limit their use. Paliperidone has a number of advantages over these medications including fewer drug interactions and better tolerability. Thus, this study is designed to determine whether paliperidone augmentation of an existing medication is effective relative to taking a placebo and your existing medication.


Condition Intervention Phase
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Drug: Paliperidone
Drug: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Double Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Paliperidone Addition in SRI-Resistant Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Further study details as provided by University of South Florida:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale [ Time Frame: End of study (8 weeks) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This measure assesses obsessive-compulsive symptom severity across 10 items that are completed during an interview format with the person with OCD. These 10 items are summed to derive a total score, which ranges from 0-40 [Scale range: 0 (Minimum) - 40 (Maximum)] with higher scores corresponding to more severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Global Impressions - Severity of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms [ Time Frame: post-treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This assessment measures the overall severity of obsessive-compulsive symptoms. It consists of a single item that is completed by a clinician with scores ranging from 0-6 with higher scores corresponding with more severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Thus, higher scores represent a worse outcome.


Enrollment: 34
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Paliperidone
Recieves study medication called paliperidone
Drug: Paliperidone
Paliperidone medication taken daily ranging from 3-9mg/day depending on tolerability and efficacy.
Other Name: Invega
Placebo Comparator: Pill placebo
Placebo comparator
Drug: Placebo
Pill placebo taken daily ranging from 3-9mg/day depending on tolerability and efficacy.

Detailed Description:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and oftentimes disabling disorder. The only established first-line treatments for OCD are a specific form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SRIs). Few patients with OCD experience complete symptom resolution with either modality. Even after two consecutive adequate SRI trials, as many as 30%-40% of patients fail to derive a satisfactory response. Pharmacological options for these SRI-resistant cases include switching to a different antidepressant, increasing the dose of SRI, or augmentation with another agent.

Among the pharmacological augmentation strategies, adjunctive antipsychotic medications enjoy the most empirical support as well as wide-scale use in clinical practice. Utilizing IMS Health's National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI) for 12 months ending in November 2004, 4.2% of antipsychotic medication use is for anxiety and 1.3% specifically for OCD. Conversely, for OCD patients, antipsychotic medications account for 8.6% of drug use (IMS Health NDTI MAT, 2004). Among pediatric patients, prescriptions of antipsychotics increased from 8.6 out of 1,000 U.S. children in 1995-1996 to 39.4 out of 1,000 children in 2001-2002 (Cooper et al., 2006). Similarly, Medco, a private insurance company, noted that the rate of children 19 years and under covered by private insurance with at least one atypical prescription jumped 80% from 2001 to 2005 — from 3.6 per 1,000 to 6.5 per 1,000 (USA Today, extracted 5/2/2006). These rates parallel our own research, in which approximately 35% of adult patients on psychotropics were taking an antipsychotic in addition to their SRI. Thus, clearly there is a large sample of OCD patients that are being prescribed atypical antipsychotics to augment other treatments.

Previous studies showed that approximately 33-50% of OCD patients who have not had an adequate response to SRI medication had a positive response when an atypical antipsychotic medication was added (Bloch et al., 2006). Risperidone has been the most studied agent and has the most consistently positive findings (e.g., McDougle et al., 2000). However, the problematic acute and long-term side effects of risperidone (and other atypicals) are of concern and, at times, limit their use. Paliperidone, a metabolite of risperidone that utilizes OROS osmotic drug-release technology, has a number of advantages over risperidone including a lack of drug x drug interactions and a predictable pharmacokinetic profile that is associated with better tolerability. Thus, paliperidone has the potential to be a safer alternative for augmentation in OCD patients pending supporting efficacy data. Given the need to examine the efficacy of paliperidone, this protocol is designed to determine whether paliperidone augmentation of an SRI is effective relative to a placebo-control, and safe/tolerable in patients with OCD who have not adequately responded to past adequate SRI treatment.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Meets DSM-IV-TR criteria for a principal current diagnosis of OCD which is confirmed by both clinical evaluation and by structured interviews. OCD subjects with other comorbidities will be included provided OCD is judged to be the chief complaint.
  2. Subjects must continue to experience clinically significant symptoms of OCD (Y-BOCS score ≥19 and a rating of "moderate" or greater on the Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) scale) despite at least two adequate SRI monotherapy trials. One unsatisfactory trial can include the SRI currently being taken by the patient provided that the duration of treatment is 12 weeks or more and that the dose has been adequate. Subjects must be taking a clinically effective dose of a SRI (i.e., clomipramine, citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine and sertraline) for at least 12 weeks. Subjects must be on their current dose for at least 12 weeks and must maintain their current dose throughout the study.
  3. Between the ages of 18-70 years of age.
  4. Only subjects with OC symptoms of at least one-year duration will be included.
  5. Eligible subjects must be in good physical health. Screening procedures will include detailed medical history, complete physical and neurological exams, routine blood studies (CBC, liver function tests, electrolytes), ECG, urine toxicology screen, and serum pregnancy test in women of child-bearing potential.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Primary depression, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
  2. Active bipolar disorder.
  3. Non-responder in the past to atypical antipsychotic augmentation. This criterion was chosen to prevent recruiting a sample of chronically refractory OCD cases that would otherwise be suited for more extreme interventions such as deep brain stimulation.
  4. Non-responder in the past to an adequate trial (> 20 hours) of cognitive-behavioral therapy that will be assessed by records review.
  5. Current clinically significant suicidality or individuals who have engaged in suicidal behaviors within 6 months will be excluded and referred for appropriate clinical intervention.
  6. Alcohol or other significant substance abuse within the last 6 months.
  7. History of neurosurgery, encephalitis or significant head trauma or a significant medical condition such as heart, liver, or renal disease.
  8. Nursing mothers or women of childbearing potential who do not use adequate contraception will be excluded.
  9. Subjects at an increased risk for seizures will also be excluded from this study (e.g., subjects with a history of seizures [other than childhood febrile seizures], subjects taking concomitant medications known to lower the seizure threshold).
  10. Estimated IQ < 80, mental retardation, dementia, brain damage, or other cognitive impairment that would interfere with the capacity to participate in the study and complete measures. If needed, the WASI will be used to assess this at screening.
  11. Concurrent use of benzodiazepines, other than for treatment of insomnia, will be prohibited during the trial. No other psychotropic medications will be permitted.
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Locations
United States, Florida
University of South Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, 33701
United States, Indiana
University Hospital Outpatient Center, Psychiatry
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of South Florida
Indiana University
Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Eric A Storch, Ph.D. University of South Florida
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided by University of South Florida

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University of South Florida
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00632229     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: USF 08-0100
Study First Received: February 29, 2008
Results First Received: October 23, 2013
Last Updated: December 19, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of South Florida:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Adults; Medication; Treatment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Personality Disorders
9-hydroxy-risperidone
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Central Nervous System Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Psychotropic Drugs

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