Safe and Efficacious Artemisinin-based Combination Treatments for African Pregnant Women With Malaria (PREGACT)
Malaria is the most important human parasitic disease and is responsible of high morbidity and mortality in resource-poor countries. Pregnant women, who are a high-risk group, are almost always excluded from clinical trials; thus, the investigators lack sufficient information on the safety and efficacy of most antimalarials in pregnancy. The recommendation of the World Health Organization to use artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) in the 2nd and 3rd trimester is already implemented in several African countries, however documentation of their efficacy and safety in pregnancy is still limited. Thus, the investigators propose to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 4 ACT(artemether-lumefantrine, amodiaquine-artesunate, mefloquine-artesunate and dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine), when used to treat pregnant women with P. falciparum malaria; the results will help to recommend the optimal therapy for this high-risk group in Africa.
Malaria in Pregnancy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Safe and Efficacious Artemisinin-based Combination Treatments for African Pregnant Women With Malaria|
- Treatment Failure (PCR adjusted) [ Time Frame: Day 63 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Safety profiles including significant changes in relevant laboratory values [ Time Frame: Until delivery ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Time to failure [ Time Frame: Case by case ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- PCR unadjusted treatment failure [ Time Frame: Day 63 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Gametocyte carriage (gametocyte-weeks) [ Time Frame: Case by case ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Asexual parasite clearance time [ Time Frame: Days to 2 consecutive negative blood slides. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Gametocytaemia (prevalence and density) [ Time Frame: Day 7, 14, 21, 28 and 63 after treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Haemoglobin changes [ Time Frame: Days 14, 28, 42 and 63 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- The presence of acute, chronic or past infection of the placenta (prevalence) [ Time Frame: Delivery ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Mean birth weight and prevalence of low birth weight newborns [ Time Frame: Delivery ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- In vitro vitro and search of molecular markers related to drug resistance [ Time Frame: At the time of recurrent infection ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Determination of the PK profile of MQ, AQ and PQ (on 120 women/treatment) [ Time Frame: Case by case ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||June 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||July 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Three-day treatment with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine
DHA-PQ tablets are green film coated intended for oral use and contain 20/160mg or 40/320mg of dihydroartemisinin (DHA) and piperaquine phosphate (PQ) respectively. In this trial the 40/320mg for adults will be used. Developed by Sigma Tau in partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture.
Other Name: DHAPQ, Eurartesim
Three-day treatment with mefloquine artesunate
MQAS will be provided as a fixed-dose ACT. There are 2 strengths (AS25+MQ55mg and AS100+MQ220mg) and dosing regimen is calculated according to 12 mg/kg AS and 24mg/kgMQ total dose over three days. Pregnant women will receive 2 tablets/day for 3 days. It is developed by Farmanguinhos with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative. To be noted: if the FDCs will not get the WHO pre-qualification before the start of recruitment, the separate AS and MQ will be used
Other Name: MQAS
Active Comparator: AQAS
Three-day treatment with artesunate-amodiaquine
AQAS, developed by teh DNDi with Sanofi-Aventis and manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, has been pre-qualified by the WHO in 2008 and is available in several African countries, including those involved in this trial. AQ-AS tablets are round, yellow on one side and white-slightly yellow on the other, with a breaking bar, AS engraved on one side and either 25, 50 or 100 on the other side. Tablets to be used in this trial are those 100mg/270mg AS/AQ, containing 100 mg of artesunate, 352.640 mg of amodiaquine hydrochloride corresponding to 270mg of amodiaquine base.
Other Name: AQAS, artesunate-amodiaquine Winthrop®
Active Comparator: AL
Three day treatment with artemether-lumefantrine (Coartem(R)
AL (tablets containing a FDC of 20 mg of artemether and 120 mg of lumefantrine) is manufactured by Novartis and has been extensively used in Africa for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria. AL was registered in Switzerland in 1999, has since received marketing authorisation in several endemic and non-endemic countries and it is WHO pre-qualified.
Other Name: AL, Coartem, Riamet
Malaria is the most important human parasitic disease. Although pregnant women are a high-risk group, they are almost systematically excluded from clinical trials, for fear of teratogenicity and embryotoxicity; thus, we generally lack sufficient information on the safety and efficacy of most antimalarials in pregnancy, as well as evidence-based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of malaria during pregnancy.
The WHO recommendation to use artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) in the 2nd and 3rd trimester is already implemented in several African countries. However, the documentation of their efficacy and safety in pregnancy is still limited, especially concerning the African contexts.
Therefore, we propose to test 4 fixed-dose combinations (artemether-lumefantrine, amodiaquine-artesunate, mefloquine-artesunate and dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine), to evaluate their efficacy and safety when administered to pregnant women (2nd and 3rd trimester) infected with P. falciparum. Explanatory variables will be collected for treatment failure (PCR-corrected) and for recurrent parasitaemia. The primary hypothesis tested will be the clinical equivalence (pair-wise non-inferiority) of the 4 treatment regimens with clinical equivalence defined as difference in treatment failure rates (PCR corrected) of 5% or less.
In addition, an attempt will be done to carry out in vitro testing at the time of recurrent infection. However, the success of the test will depend on the parasite density. In addition, blood samples collected on filter paper at day 0 and at day of recurrent parasitaemia will be genotyped for the search of known molecular markers related to drug resistance. Not all samples will be analyzed; rather these will be selected according to the therapeutic response so that the prevalence of molecular markers will be compared between treatment successes, true treatment failures and new infections.
|Nanoro, Burkina Faso|
|Nazoanga, Burkina Faso|
|Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi|
|Ejisu Sekyere East, Ashanti Region, Ghana|
|Kwame Nrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi|
|Juaben Government Hospital, Ashanti Region, Ghana|
|Effiduase Government Hospital|
|College of Medicine, University of Malawi|
|Chikwawa District Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi|
|St Paul Hospital|
|Nchelenge, Nchelenge District, Zambia|
|Study Chair:||Theonest Mutabingwa, MD||National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania|
|Study Chair:||Tinto Halidou, PharmD||Centre Muraz|