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PROCRIT (Epoetin Alfa) 60,000 Units Administered Once Every Two Weeks in Anemic Cancer Patients Who Are Not Receiving Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00388336
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 16, 2006
Last Update Posted : May 18, 2011
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Epoetin alfa administered at 60,000 Units every two weeks in cancer patients who are not receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anemia Neoplasms Drug: Epoetin Alfa Phase 2

Detailed Description:

This was an open-label (doctors and patients knew which drug was being administered), non-randomized (patients were assigned to treatment), multi-center pilot study with the objective to investigate the effectiveness of PROCRIT (Epoetin alfa) on hematopoietic response (effect on red blood cells) when administered at 60,000 Units subcutaneously (under the skin) every two weeks in anemic patients with cancer who were not receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Treatment with study drug was for a maximum of 12 weeks followed by a 4-week observation period after the last dose of the study drug had been administered.

Safety and efficacy evaluations were performed at specified intervals throughout the study and included assessment of laboratory tests (Complete Blood Count [CBC], Serum Chemistry [including hemoglobin level]), vital signs (such as blood pressure), physical examinations and the occurrence and severity of adverse events. All patients enrolled in this study received pharmacologic ferrous sulfate 325 mg by mouth once a day or an equivalent formulation, as tolerated, unless it was determined by the physician that the patient should not receive it. All patient's received injections of PROCRIT (Epoetin alfa) 60,000 Units under the skin once every two weeks. If after 4 weeks of treatment, the patient's hemoglobin level did not increase by >= 1 g/dL, the Epoetin alfa dose was increased to 80,000 Units every 2 weeks. Study drug was administered for a maximum of 12 weeks followed by a 4-week observation period after the last dose of study drug. Epoetin alfa doses were reduced or held as needed depending on the patients' hemoglobin level.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 57 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Response Rate of PROCRIT� (Epoetin Alfa) at 60,000 Units Every Two Weeks in Anemic Cancer Patients Not Receiving Chemotherapy Or Radiation Therapy
Study Start Date : February 2004
Study Completion Date : March 2005

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Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The primary endpoint was to evaluate hematopoietic response, defined as >= 2 g/dL Hb increase from baseline and/or Hb >= 12 g/dL over the course of the study and independent of transfusion within 28 days.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Secondary endpoints included the effects of PROCRIT (Epoetin alfa) on transfusion requirements, on Quality of Life as measured by the Linear Analog Scale Assessment (LASA) and FACT-An tools as well as time to hemoglobin response.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have histologically confirmed diagnosis of non-myeloid malignancy
  • Baseline hemoglobin value of <= 11 g/dL unrelated to transfusion
  • Patients must not be receiving or planning to receive chemotherapy or radiotherapy within the 16-week study period. However, patients receiving hormonal therapy or non-myelosuppressive therapies are allowable
  • Female patients with reproductive potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test at screening.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must not have uncontrolled hypertension or a history (within 6 months) of uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary emboli, deep vein thrombosis, ischemic stroke, other arterial or venous thrombotic events (excluding superficial thromboses), or known history of chronic coagulation disorder
  • No transfusion within 28 days prior to first dose
  • No planned chemotherapy or radiation during study and no prior chemotherapy within 8 weeks or radiation within 4 weeks of study entry
  • No prior treatment with Epoetin alfa or any other erythropoietic agent within the previous two months.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00388336

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Ortho Biotech Clinical Affairs, L.L.C.
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L. C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
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Additional Information:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00388336     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00090935
Other Study ID Numbers: CR004594
First Posted: October 16, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 18, 2011
Last Verified: April 2010

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
Neoplasms, Hemoglobin values
Epoetin alfa

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Epoetin Alfa