Study of Albuterol and Oxandrolone in Patients With Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)

This study has been completed.
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FDA Office of Orphan Products Development Identifier:
First received: December 5, 2001
Last updated: March 24, 2015
Last verified: November 2001
This is a study to determine whether albuterol or oxandrolone, alone or in combination, are able to increase strength and muscle mass in patients with FSHD. It also will determine if albuterol given in "pulsed" fashion will have more effect than when given continuously.

Condition Intervention
Muscular Dystrophies
Drug: Albuterol
Drug: Oxandrolone

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Clinical Trials of Albuterol and Oxandrolone in FSH Dystrophy

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Estimated Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: September 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2004
Detailed Description:
Patients will be randomized to 1 of 4 groups: placebo, pulsed albuterol, oxandrolone, or both pulsed albuterol and oxandrolone. Treatment will continue for 52 weeks unless unacceptable side effects occur. Patients will undergo testing of muscle function. All patients will return for follow-up assessments at Weeks 4, 12, 26, and 52.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • Presence of 4q35 "small fragment" of less than 40 kb by standard DNA testing
  • Weakness of the facial muscles, including frontalis, orbicularis oculi, or orbicularis oris
  • Weakness of scapular stabilizers or foot dorsiflexors
  • Ambulatory
  • Weakness grade 2 or worse in the arm using upper extremity grading scale

Exclusion criteria:

  • Prior use of oral beta-2 agonists for a period of at least 1 year or within the past 3 months
  • Concurrent use of other sympathomimetic agents, antidepressants, or beta-2 receptor blockers
  • Pregnancy
  • Known hypersensitivity to anabolic steroids
  • Any medical or psychological condition that would interfere with the study
  • Requirement for a wheelchair
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00027391

United States, Ohio
Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43210
Sponsors and Collaborators
FDA Office of Orphan Products Development
Principal Investigator: John T. Kissel, M.D. Ohio State University
  More Information Identifier: NCT00027391     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FD-R-2029-01  FD-R-002029-01 
Study First Received: December 5, 2001
Last Updated: March 24, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by FDA Office of Orphan Products Development:
Muscle Weakness, Muscular Dystrophy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Muscular Dystrophy, Facioscapulohumeral
Muscular Dystrophies
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Muscular Diseases
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Adrenergic Agents
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Anabolic Agents
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Autonomic Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Reproductive Control Agents
Respiratory System Agents
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