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Phase III Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Oral Iloprost for Raynaud's Phenomenon Secondary to Systemic Sclerosis

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00004786
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 25, 2000
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
University of Pittsburgh
Information provided by:
Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)

Brief Summary:


I. Evaluate the safety and efficacy of oral iloprost, a prostacyclin analog, in patients with Raynaud's phenomenon secondary to systemic sclerosis.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Systemic Sclerosis Raynaud Disease Drug: iloprost Phase 3

Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind study. Patients are stratified by participating institution and digital cutaneous ulcers.

Patients receive oral iloprost or placebo twice daily for 6 weeks. Thrombolytic drugs, oral anticoagulants, and heparin are prohibited on study. Concurrent therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors for Raynaud's is prohibited; calcium channel blockers for severe digital ischemia are allowed as needed.

Patients are followed at 2 and 6 weeks.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : December 1995

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Scleroderma
Drug Information available for: Iloprost

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 0 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

  • Raynaud's phenomenon secondary to systemic sclerosis (SS) SS meets American College of Rheumatology diagnostic criteria
  • At least 6 Raynaud's attacks per week

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

  • No prior participation in oral iloprost study
  • At least 4 weeks since participation in other investigational drug studies
  • At least 2 months since prostanoid therapy
  • At least 12 months since sympathectomy of upper limb
  • Ongoing therapy for systemic sclerosis may continue on study Raynaud's therapy discontinued at entry

--Patient Characteristics--

Hematopoietic: No platelet disorder

Hepatic: No bleeding diathesis

Renal: Creatinine clearance (estimated) at least 30 mL/min


No unstable angina pectoris

None of the following within 3 months:

  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Myocardial infarction


  • No active cancer or other uncontrolled disease
  • No current history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • No mental disorder precluding compliance
  • No pregnant or nursing women
  • Negative pregnancy test required of fertile women
  • Adequate contraception required of fertile women

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00004786

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
University of Pittsburgh
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Study Chair: Thomas A. Medsger, Jr. University of Pittsburgh
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00004786    
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/11876
First Posted: February 25, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2005
Last Verified: December 2001
Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
Raynaud's syndrome
arthritis & connective tissue diseases
cardiovascular and respiratory diseases
rare disease
systemic sclerosis
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Raynaud Disease
Scleroderma, Systemic
Scleroderma, Diffuse
Pathologic Processes
Connective Tissue Diseases
Skin Diseases
Peripheral Vascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
Vasodilator Agents