A Two-Arm Study Evaluation H.P. Acthar Injection Gel in Treatment of Chronic Migraines

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2013 by Dent Neuroscience Research Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Laszlo L. Mechtler, M.D., Dent Neuroscience Research Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: March 15, 2013
Last updated: May 6, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

This small study is to investigate the efficacy of Acthar in the treatment of chronic migraine in patients who have failed multiple treatments, including Botox (which is defined as having <30% reduction from baseline in the number of headache days per month). Despite the widespread use of anti-seizure medications, there remain a significant number of patient whose migraines are refractory to these agents. The pathophysiology of migraine is such that the neural substances calcitonin G related protein (CGRP), substance P, and neurokinin A are released at the trigeminal nerve endings innervating the large cranial and dura mater blood vessels and this neurotrasmission generates migraine associated pain. Because of this, treatment for migraine can be directed towards down regulating those receptor sites accordingly. Acthar may provide pain relief through this mechanist, as ACTH has been shown to inhibit the release of CGRP and may also provide relief through a negative feedback loop as exogenous ACTH inhibits CRH release and mast cell degranulation.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Migraine
Drug: H.P. Acthar Gel
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Open-Label, Parallel Two-Arm Study Evaluating the Efficacy of H.P. Acthar Injection Gel in the Treatment of Adults With Intractable Chronic Migraine

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Further study details as provided by Dent Neuroscience Research Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Average total number of headache days (both 40IU and 80IU groups) [ Time Frame: After 30 days of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Comparison of the average total number of headache days after 30 days of Acthar treatment (both 40IU and 80IU groups)with the average number of headache days at baseline screening period

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Total number of headache days (both 40IU and 80IU groups) [ Time Frame: After 30 days of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Comparison of the total number of headache days after 30 days of Acthar treatment (both 40IU and 80IU groups) with the number of headache days at baseline screening period

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Number of headache and migraine days for a 40IU group [ Time Frame: After 30 days of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    A hierarchical analysis of the number of headache and (separately) migraine days subjects on 40IU experience on average during the 30 day treatment period compared to the number they experienced on average during the baseline screening period. If statistical significance (p<.05) is reached, then the 80IU subjects will be analyzed similarly

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: April 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: H.P. Acthar Gel 80IU
H.P. Acthar Gel of 80IU (1.0 ml)
Drug: H.P. Acthar Gel
Acthar (40IU or 80IU) given subcutaneously for 5 days in the 1st week, followed by every other day (3 times per week for the next 3 weeks)
Other Names:
  • Acthar
  • Repository Corticotropin Injection
  • ACTH Gel
Experimental: H.P. Acthar Gel 40IU
H.P. Acthar Gel of 40IU (0.5 mL)
Drug: H.P. Acthar Gel
Acthar (40IU or 80IU) given subcutaneously for 5 days in the 1st week, followed by every other day (3 times per week for the next 3 weeks)
Other Names:
  • Acthar
  • Repository Corticotropin Injection
  • ACTH Gel


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Is male or female, 18 to 60 years of age.
  • Has a history of chronic migraine as classified by the International Headache Classification, ICHD-2R (i.e. must demonstrate an average of >=15 headache days per month, of which >=8 must be migraine days or >=8 days of migraine-specific acute medication-ergotamine or triptans for at least 3 months prior to study.
  • Must demonstrate at least >=8 migraine days or >=8 days of migraine specific acute medications- ergotamine or triptans during 30 day baseline screening.
  • Is able to differentiate migraine from any other headache they may experience (e.g., tension-type headache).
  • Will have a previous history of failing at least one prophylactic treatment, which can include anti-seizure medications and/or TCA's prescribed for the treatment of chronic migraine.
  • Must be considered a non-responder to previous treatment with Botox. Botox failure will be defined by previous documentation (at the discretion of the PI) or as having less than 30% reduction of headache days per month on Botox.
  • Will have not had botulinum toxin with in 4 months before study enrollment.
  • If female of childbearing potential, will have a negative urine pregnancy test at Visits 1 and 7, and uses, or agrees to use, for the duration of the study, a medically acceptable form of contraception as determined by the investigator.

    1. Complete abstinence from intercourse from 2 weeks prior to administration of study drug throughout the study, and for a time interval after completion or premature discontinuation from the study to account for elimination of the study drug (a minimum of 7 days); or,
    2. Surgically sterile (hysterectomy or tubal ligation or otherwise incapable of pregnancy); or,
    3. Sterilization of male partner; or,
    4. Intrauterine device with published data showing lowest expected failure rate is less than 1% per year; or,
    5. Double barrier method (i.e., 2 physical barriers OR 1 physical barrier plus spermicide) for a least 1 month prior to Visit 1 and throughout study; or,
    6. Hormonal contraceptives for at least 3 months prior to Visit 1 and throughout study. Protocol Number/v.1/06 Jun 2012 7
  • Must be in generally good health as confirmed by medical history, baseline physical exam, baseline neurological exam and vital signs.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Is unable to understand the study requirements, the informed consent, or complete headache records as required per protocol.
  • Is pregnant, actively trying to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.
  • Has a significant systemic disease that is equally painful or more painful than migraine.
  • Has a progressive neurological disorder such as MS.
  • Has a history of chronic disease of the immune system other than MS or a known immunodeficiency syndrome such as HIV.
  • Has sensitivity to proteins of porcine origin.
  • Has a known or 'new' diagnosis of diabetes mellitus (if screening blood glucose is suspicious for diabetes [> or equal to 126 mg/dL or > or equal to 7 mmol/L if fasting;> or equal to 200 mg/dL or 11.1 mmol/L if random testing] a patient should be further evaluated for diabetes mellitus), or a known or 'new' diagnosis of hypothyroidism not adequately controlled with medication.
  • Has previously taken Acthar for any reason.
  • Has any contraindications listed on the Acthar PI.
  • Has a history of cluster headache, chronic tension type headache, or headache due to medication over use according to IHS guidelines, in the 3 months prior to study enrollment or during the baseline phase.
  • Has received any other investigative drug 30 days prior to enrollment in this study.
  • Who in the opinion of the Principal Investigator has a condition for which they should not be enrolled in the study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01813591

United States, Missouri
Clinvest/A Division of Banyan Group, Inc. Recruiting
Springfield, Missouri, United States, 65807
Contact: Michele Everett    417-841-3620    meverett@banyangroupinc.com   
Contact: Jeanne Tarrasch, RN, BSN    417-841-3673    jtarrasch@clinvest.com   
Principal Investigator: Roger K. Cady, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: John K. Dexter, M.D.         
United States, Nevada
Renown Institute of Neurosciences Recruiting
Reno, Nevada, United States, 89502
Contact: Juliana Kipps    775-982-6200    JKipps@renown.org   
Principal Investigator: John F. Rothrock, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Jonathan W. Spivack, M.D.         
United States, New York
Dent Neurologic Institute Recruiting
Amherst, New York, United States, 14226
Contact: Olga Ananina, BS, CCRC    716-558-5670    oananina@dentinstitute.com   
Contact: Melissa Fuller, CRC    716-250-2016    mfuller@dentinstitute.com   
Principal Investigator: Laszlo L. Mechtler, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: McVige W. Jennifer, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Nicolas P. Saikali, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Kathleen M. Mogensen, N.P.         
Sub-Investigator: Elizabeth D. Smith, N.P.         
Sub-Investigator: Mary K. Betz, RPA-C         
Sub-Investigator: Karly A. Benamati, P.A.         
United States, Texas
Baylor University Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75231
Contact: Deborah Price, MHA    214-820-9990    deborape@baylorhealth.edu   
Principal Investigator: Frederick G. Freitag, D.O., FAHS         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dent Neuroscience Research Center
Principal Investigator: Laszlo L Mechtler, M.D. Dent Neurologic Institute
Principal Investigator: John F Rothrock, M.D. Renown Institute for Neurosciences
Principal Investigator: Roger K Cady, M.D. Clinvest/A Division of Banyan Group, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Frederick G Freitag, M.D. Baylor Health Care System
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Responsible Party: Laszlo L. Mechtler, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Dent Neuroscience Research Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01813591     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACTHAR
Study First Received: March 15, 2013
Last Updated: May 6, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Dent Neuroscience Research Center:
Chronic Migraine
Refractory Chronic Migraine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Migraine Disorders
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 18, 2014