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Safety Study of Tetrathiomolybdate in Patients With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

This study has been completed.
Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kevin R. Flaherty, University of Michigan Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2005
Last updated: February 5, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
This study will evaluate the safety of the administration of a copper chelating agent, tetrathiomolybdate, for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis that have failed previous treatment. The primary endpoint for this study is safety with secondary endpoints including change in pulmonary function, exercise capacity, and quality of life.

Condition Intervention Phase
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Drug: Tetrathiomolybdate Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I/II Trial of Tetrathiomolybdate (TM) in Patients With Usual Interstitial Pneumonia Refractory to Previous Therapy

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Further study details as provided by Kevin R. Flaherty, University of Michigan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Enrollment: 23
Study Start Date: March 2003
Study Completion Date: May 2006
Primary Completion Date: May 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Tetrathiomolybdate Drug: Tetrathiomolybdate


Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Disease progression despite six months of treatment (steroids with/without azathioprine or cyclophosphamide) defined by at least one of the following:

    • Increased symptoms
    • Decline in forced vital capacity of at least 10%
    • Decline in diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide of at least 20%
    • Increased infiltrate on CXR or high resolution CT scan
  • Taking < 15 mg prednisone for at least 30 days prior to screening
  • Age 35-80, inclusive
  • Able to understand a written informed consent and comply with the study protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant environmental exposure
  • Diagnosis of collagen vascular disease
  • Evidence of active infection
  • Clinically significant cardiac disease:

    • Myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass or angioplasty within 6mo
    • Unstable angina pectoris
    • Congestive heart failure requiring hospitalization within 6 months
    • Uncontrolled arrhythmia
  • Poorly controlled or severe diabetes mellitus
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Women of childbearing potential not using a medically approved means of contraception (i.e. oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, diaphragm, Norplant)
  • Current enrollment in another experimental protocol

Physiologic Criteria:

  • FEV1/FVC < 0.60

Laboratory Criteria:

  • Total bilirubin > 1.5 X upper limit normal
  • AST or ALT > 3X upper limit normal
  • Alkaline phosphatase > 3X upper limit normal
  • White blood cell count < 2,500/mm3
  • Hematocrit < 30%
  • Platelets < 100,000/mm3
  • Prothrombin time INR > 1.5
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00189176

United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Michigan
Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Principal Investigator: Kevin R Flaherty, MD, MS University of Michigan
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kevin R. Flaherty, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Identifier: NCT00189176     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2002-0806
Study First Received: September 10, 2005
Last Updated: February 5, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias
Pathologic Processes
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Interstitial
Chelating Agents
Sequestering Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Enzyme Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents
Trace Elements
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