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A 12-week, Multicenter, Safety and Dose-ranging Study of 3 Oral Doses of TCH346 in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals ) Identifier:
First received: May 9, 2002
Last updated: November 22, 2011
Last verified: November 2011
This study is the first to be performed in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients with the novel compound TCH346. Its purpose is to evaluate the safety and clinical effects of 3 dose levels of TCH 346 compared to placebo in patients with a clinical diagnosis of laboratory-supported probable, probable or definite ALS. The study will require patients to visit the study center a total of at least 7 times over the course of up to 14 weeks. The study consists of 2 phases: A screening phase (up to 2 weeks) when patients will be evaluated for eligibility to participate in the study, and a double-blind treatment phase (12 weeks) when patients will receive daily doses of either TCH346 or placebo and will be evaluated for clinical effects. In addition, patients eligible to participate in this study will be required to have 3 magnetic resonance spectroscopic (MRS) scans. The MRS is a non-invasive, painless, "brain scan". The MRS will require traveling to a designated center in Montreal, Canada, which is very experienced in performing such MRS scans in ALS patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Drug: TCH346 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 12-week, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group, Multicenter, Safety and Dose-ranging Study of Three Oral Doses (0.5 mg, 2.5 mg and 10 mg Once Daily) of TCH346 in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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Further study details as provided by Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety of three oral doses of TCH346 versus placebo administered for up to 12 weeks to patients with ALS

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Biomarker assessments at week 12

Enrollment: 44
Study Start Date: January 2002
Study Completion Date: October 2002
Primary Completion Date: October 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • clinical diagnosis of laboratory-supported probable, probable, or definite ALS;
  • have sporadic or familial ALS;
  • have shown ALS symptom onset for no more than 3 yrs., inclusive, prior to randomization;
  • FVC of >60%;
  • ability to tolerate MRS evaluation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00036413

United States, New York
Neurological Institute
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Study Director: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  More Information

Responsible Party: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT00036413     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CTCH346 0102
Study First Received: May 9, 2002
Last Updated: November 22, 2011

Keywords provided by Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals ):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Motor Neuron Disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Pathologic Processes
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Proteostasis Deficiencies
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