Comparison of Fetal Fibronectin (fFN) Specimen Collection Methodologies: With Speculum Versus Without Speculum (SpecOp)
Observational study to determine whether the proposed method of fFN specimen collection without a speculum is substantially equivalent to the approved method with a speculum examination when obtained at the gestational age of ≥ 24 weeks and ≤ 34, 6 days in symptomatic women and at the gestational age of ≥ 22 weeks, 0 days and ≤ 30, 6 days in asymptomatic women. A finding of substantial equivalency would support a modification to the labeling to allow the collection of specimens for fFN determination with or without a speculum examination.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||A Phase IIIB Comparison of Fetal Fibronectin (fFN) Specimen Collection Methodologies: With Speculum Versus Without Speculum|
|Study Start Date:||March 2009|
fetal fibronectin specimens collected with a speculum
fetal fibronectin specimens collected without a speculum
The study population will include pregnant women who may be at risk for preterm delivery and require the fFN test, as determined by their doctor to aid in patient management. The subjects may or may not present with symptoms related to preterm labor and must satisfy the device's approved labeling and the eligibility criteria.
For pregnant women with signs of labor, the Fetal Fibronectin (fFN) test is approved for use as an aid to assess the risk of preterm delivery in ≤ 7 or ≤ 14 days from cervicovaginal sample collection that have intact amniotic membranes and minimal cervical dilation (< 3 cm) and are sampled between 24 weeks, 0 days and 34 weeks, 6 days. It is also approved for use with additional clinical information in asymptomatic women with singleton pregnancies when a sample is obtained during a routine prenatal visit between 22 weeks, 0 days and 30 weeks, 6 days of gestation.
The fFN test is run on The Rapid fFN for the TLiIQ® System and a positive fFN result occurs with concentrations ≥50ng/mL and a negative fFN test with concentrations <50ng/mL.
The current FDA-approved labeling for the collection of the fFN specimen requires a speculum examination; however, the collection of the fFN specimen is often needed when the women first arrives at the hospital labor and delivery unit, where nurses often are not trained or credentialed to perform speculum examinations and a physician may not be readily available to perform the collection. Therefore, there is an unmet need for a simpler collection method.
The test article in this study is the collection of cervicovaginal samples for fFN determination using a standardized collection method without a speculum. The control article in this study is the collection of a cervicovaginal sample for fFN determination using the approved collection method requiring a speculum examination. Both the test and control fFN specimen samples will be collected and evaluated using the approved Rapid fFN for the TLiIQ® System.
The primary objective of this study is to determine whether the proposed method of fFN specimen collection without a speculum is substantially equivalent to the approved method with a speculum examination when obtained at the gestational age of ≥ 24 weeks and ≤ 34, 6 days in symptomatic women and at the gestational age of ≥ 22 weeks, 0 days and ≤ 30, 6 days in asymptomatic women. A finding of substantial equivalency would support a modification to the labeling to allow the collection of specimens for fFN determination with or without a speculum examination.
Hypothesis: The method of fFN specimen collection without a speculum is not inferior to collection with a speculum within a 5% margin of non-inferiority.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00883324
|United States, California|
|Santa Clara Valley Medical Health & Hospital System|
|San Jose, California, United States, 95128|
|United States, Connecticut|
|Yale University Medical Center|
|New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06511|
|United States, Georgia|
|Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30342|
|United States, North Carolina|
|Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 28204|
|United States, Ohio|
|Kettering Health Network of Kettering Medical Center|
|Kettering, Ohio, United States, 45429|
|Principal Investigator:||James D. Byrne, M.D.||Santa Clara Valley Medical Health & Hospital System|
|Principal Investigator:||Michael Paidas, M.D.||Yale University|
|Principal Investigator:||Larry Matsumoto, M.D.||Northside Hospital Center for Perinatal Medicine|
|Principal Investigator:||Janice Whitty, MD||Meharry Medical College|
|Principal Investigator:||John Allbert, MD||Presbyterian Hospital|
|Principal Investigator:||Annette E. Bombrys, DO||Kettering Health Network|