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DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), an Omega 3 Fatty Acid, in Slowing the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00440050
First received: February 22, 2007
Last updated: September 15, 2014
Last verified: September 2014
Results First Received: May 28, 2010  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized;   Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study;   Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment;   Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor);   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition: Alzheimer's Disease
Interventions: Drug: DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
Drug: Placebo

  Participant Flow
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Recruitment Details
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Subjects were recruited at 51 sites in the United States between February and November 2007.

Pre-Assignment Details
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Out of 555 subjects screened, 402 met the study criteria and were randomized.

Reporting Groups
  Description
Placebo Dosing of 2 grams of placebo administered in a divided dose twice daily with food.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Dosing of 2 grams of DHA administered in a divided dose twice daily with food.

Participant Flow:   Overall Study
    Placebo     Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)  
STARTED     164     238  
COMPLETED     124     171  
NOT COMPLETED     40     67  



  Baseline Characteristics


  Outcome Measures
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1.  Primary:   Rate of Change on the ADAS-Cog 11.   [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6, 12, 18 months ]

2.  Primary:   Rate of Change on CDR-SOB   [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

3.  Secondary:   ADCS-ADL   [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

4.  Secondary:   Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI)   [ Time Frame: 18 months ]


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Reporting Groups
  Description
Placebo Dosing of 2 grams of placebo administered in a divided dose twice daily with food.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Dosing of 2 grams of DHA administered in a divided dose twice daily with food.

Serious Adverse Events
    Placebo     Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)  
Total, serious adverse events      
# participants affected / at risk     50/164 (30.49%)     76/238 (31.93%)  
Blood and lymphatic system disorders      
deep venous thrombosis/pulmonary embolus    
# participants affected / at risk     2/164 (1.22%)     8/214 (3.74%)  
# events     2     8  
General disorders      
death    
# participants affected / at risk     4/164 (2.44%)     11/214 (5.14%)  
# events     4     11  
other    
# participants affected / at risk     44/164 (26.83%)     57/214 (26.64%)  
# events     44     57  
Events were collected by systematic assessment




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  Limitations and Caveats
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