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Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of Low Dose Oral Interferon Alfa-n3 (Human Leukocyte Derived) in ARC Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service Identifier:
First received: November 2, 1999
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: March 1993
To conduct a parallel-group, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an orally administered low dose interferon alfa-n3 as an immunomodulator in the treatment of mild to moderate symptomatic HIV+, AIDS-related complex (ARC) patients.

Condition Intervention
HIV Infections Drug: Interferon alfa-n3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of Low Dose Oral Interferon Alfa-n3 (Human Leukocyte Derived) in ARC Patients

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Further study details as provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Detailed Description:
The study has been extended to offer 52 weeks of maintenance therapy after the 10 weeks of the placebo controlled period are concluded successfully.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Concurrent Medication:


  • Zidovudine (AZT).

Patients must have:

  • Diagnosis of AIDS related complex (ARC).
  • Given written informed consent.
  • Been receiving a dose of = or < 600 mg/day of zidovudine (AZT) at least 90 days prior to study entry IF they are currently taking AZT.

Prior Medication:


  • Zidovudine (AZT) at a dose = or < 600 mg/day at least 90 days prior to study entry.

Exclusion Criteria

Co-existing Condition:

Patients with the following conditions or symptoms are excluded:

  • History of AIDS-defining condition or evidence of AIDS dementia.
  • Evidence of chronic hepatitis with severe liver dysfunction, or other active gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, endocrine, hematologic, cardiovascular or psychiatric disorder that would limit the subject's ability to complete the 12 weeks of the study period.

Concurrent Medication:


  • Ketoconazole.
  • Trimethoprim / sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX).
  • Experimental medications.

Patients with the following are excluded:

  • Absolute CD4 count of < 100 or > 350 cells/mm3.
  • Any disease or disorder listed in Patient Exclusion Co-existing Conditions.
  • Unlikely or unable to comply with the requirements of the protocol.
  • Unwilling or unable to give informed consent.
  • Development of antibodies to interferon during prior interferon therapy that occurred > 3 months prior to study entry.

Prior Medication:

Excluded within 45 days of study entry:

  • Immunomodulators (e.g., BCG vaccine, isoprinosine).
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Steroids.
  • Excluded within 3 months of study entry:
  • Interferon therapy. Active IV drug abuse.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002012

United States, New York
Mount Sinai Med Ctr
New York, New York, United States, 10029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Interferon Sciences
  More Information

Hassett J, Mendelsohn L. Effect of low dose oral interferon alfa-n3 (IFN) in ARC. Int Conf AIDS. 1993 Jun 6-11;9(1):494 (abstract no PO-B28-2151) Identifier: NCT00002012     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 069A
Study First Received: November 2, 1999
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS-Related Complex
Interferon Type I, Recombinant

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
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