Recombinant Human Prolactin for Lactation Induction

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 16, 2005
Results First Posted : May 9, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 11, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Corrine Welt, Massachusetts General Hospital

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study is to assess the safety and determine the effects of the hormone prolactin on lactation (breast milk production).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lactation Drug: Recombinant Human Prolactin Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 6 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Recombinant Human Prolactin for Lactation Induction in Prolactin Deficient Mothers
Study Start Date : January 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Breastfeeding
Drug Information available for: Prolactin

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: recombinant human prolactin treatment
Open label twice daily recombinant human prolactin
Drug: Recombinant Human Prolactin

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Breast Milk Production [ Time Frame: 28 days ]
    Treatment group

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Breast Milk Prolactin Levels [ Time Frame: 28 days ]
    Treatment group

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy women, aged 18-45 years
  • Prolactin deficiency due to congenital deficiency, surgery or radiation, or Sheehan's syndrome during the current or previous pregnancies, for women who desire to breastfeed their infants.
  • Postpartum at the time of study participation
  • Milk must fail to come in by 2-4 days after delivery.
  • Prolactin levels will be less than the lower limit of normal for the assay performed. If a subject is postpartum, prolactin levels will be less than the normal range for postpartum women (<= 138.0 ± 11.9 ng/mL).
  • Free T4 index must be normal either on or off thyroid hormone replacement.
  • Fasting am cortisol or 1 hour Cortrosyn 0.25 mg stimulated cortisol must be normal (>18 mg/dL). If it is not normal, subjects must be on glucocorticoid replacement and have no symptoms of adrenal insufficiency.
  • History of normal spontaneous puberty or Tanner stage V breast development after previous estrogen replacement therapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current use of medications known to increase or decrease prolactin
  • Anatomical breast abnormalities
  • Previous mammoplasty
  • Breast augmentation
  • Current use of hormonal contraception
  • Allergies to mannitol
  • Medications contraindicated for breastfeeding mothers

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00181623

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Corrine K Welt, MD Massachusetts General Hospital

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Corrine Welt, Associate Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00181623     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003P001209-1
First Posted: September 16, 2005    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: May 9, 2013
Last Update Posted: December 11, 2017
Last Verified: December 2017

Keywords provided by Corrine Welt, Massachusetts General Hospital:
Primary lactation insufficiency