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Bridging Active Heroin Users to Hepatitis C Treatment Using Buprenorphine - 1

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified October 2005 by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Organization to Achieve Solutions in Substance Abuse (OASIS)
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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Identifier:
First received: November 3, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2005
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to see whether street-recruited heroin users can be successfully treated for hepatitis C after stabilizing them on buprenorphine.

Condition Intervention
Hepatitis C
Heroin Dependence
Drug: Buprenorphine/naloxone

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: HCV Treatment of IDUs After Buprenorphine Stabilization

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety assessments

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Effectiveness of medication
  • Compliance

Estimated Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: June 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2005
Detailed Description:
This is a prospective pilot safety study based on the hypothesis that active, street-recruited heroin users can be successfully treated for hepatitis C after stabilization on buprenorphine. Eligible subjects will be actively using heroin and have hepatitis C viremia; screening will occur at street-based sites like syringe exchange programs. Those who are eligible will sign informed consent, and then be asked to attend 3 weekly educational sessions about hepatitis C and addiction as well as undergo an intake interview. After this, subjects will be inducted onto buprenorphine/naloxone combination therapy (Suboxone) and receive this medication for 12-24 weeks. Once reaching the 12-24 week study time point, subjects will have the option of a 12-week Suboxone taper, or instead of undergoing 6-12 months of hepatitis C treatment with pegylated interferon and ribavirin while being maintained on Suboxone. Once completing hepatitis C treatment, subjects will undergo a 24-week Suboxone taper, or be transitioned to outpatient Suboxone therapy by a medical provider.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Active heroin or other illicit opioid use
  • Active hepatitis C
  • No medical or psychiatric contraindications
  • Able to sign informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No opiate dependence
  • Age <18
  • Unable or uninterested in attending weekly group sessions
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00249574

United States, California
Oakland, California, United States, 94612
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Organization to Achieve Solutions in Substance Abuse (OASIS)
Principal Investigator: Diana L Sylvestre, M.D. Organization to Achieve Solutions in Substance Abuse (OASIS)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00249574     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NIDA-15629-1  R01-15629-1 
Study First Received: November 3, 2005
Last Updated: November 3, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis C
Heroin Dependence
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Flaviviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Opioid-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Buprenorphine, Naloxone Drug Combination
Analgesics, Opioid
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Narcotic Antagonists processed this record on December 09, 2016