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This study has been terminated.
(This study was stopped early due to slow enrollment.)
Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.
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Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: June 8, 2011
Last verified: March 2010
The purpose of this study is to compare the efficacy of epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) administered subcutaneously (sc) once every week (qw) vs. no epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) treatment in patients with cancer who are anemic.

Condition Intervention Phase
Anemia Drug: epoetin alfa Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open Label Randomized Study To Evaluate The Response Rate Of Epoetin Alfa (PROCRIT�) Versus No/Delayed PROCRIT Treatment In Patients With Cancer And Persistent Chemotherapy-Induced Myelosuppression (Anemia)

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Further study details as provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary efficacy endpoint is hematologic response, defined as follows: Transfusion free during study, and the average of post baseline Hb values > 11 g/dL without a post baseline Hb < 10 g/dL.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of patients transfused, time to first transfusion, proportion of patients with two post baseline Hb values > 12 g/dL, mean final Hb, mean lowest Hb, proportion of patients with Hb < 10, weekly Hb, QOL

Enrollment: 2
Study Start Date: June 2004
Study Completion Date: July 2005
Detailed Description:

The purpose of this study is to evaluate hematologic response in patients receiving epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) therapy for persistent chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression (anemia) after completion of chemotherapy administration as compared to patients who do not receive weekly epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) immediately after cessation of chemotherapy. Further, the duration of treatment necessary to achieve these endpoints will be studied. A No/Delayed epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) treatment control (whereby patients in the control group will receive epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) if their Hb decreases to < 10g/dL during the study) will be used to establish the frequency and magnitude of changes in clinical end points that may occur when epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) treatment is not continued (or started) for patients with residual myelosuppression after chemotherapy administration has ended. A 2:1 randomization will be used to give every patient a greater chance to receive immediate treatment (66.6% epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) treatment vs. 33.3% No/Delayed epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) treatment). The study will be powered to show differences between the two groups in hematologic response.

In this study, the hematologic response is defined as the proportion of patients who are transfusion-free and are able to maintain their mean Hb level at >= 11 g/dL during the study without a Hb drop to <= 10 g/dL and/or transfusion.

The study hypothesis was that immediate epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) treatment would be more effective in treatment of anemia than No/Delayed epoetin alfa (PROCRIT®) treatment in patients with cancer and persistent chemotherapy-induced anemia. Patients will be randomized 2:1 to receive epoetin alf or no epoetin treatment. The starting dose will be 40,000 Units weekly (QW) or the dose they were on prior to the study (30,000-60,000 Units QW). If the Hb level decreases to <= 10 g/dL, PROCRIT will be initiated at a dose of 40,000 Units QW.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed diagnosis of non-myeloid malignancy
  • Baseline hemoglobin value >= 11 g/dL and <= 12 g/dL unrelated to transfusion
  • Female patients with reproductive potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test at screening. Patients must have signed an informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • History (within 6 months) of uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias, or history of pulmonary emboli, deep vein thrombosis, ischemic stroke, other arterial or venous thrombotic events (excluding superficial thromboses), or known history of chronic coagulation disorder
  • Transfusion within 28 days prior to first dose
  • Planned myelosuppressive chemotherapy or radiation during study and no prior chemotherapy within 8 weeks or radiation within 4 weeks of study entry.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00210730

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L. C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
  More Information

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00210730     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR004591
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: June 8, 2011

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
Hemoglobin Level

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hematologic Diseases
Epoetin Alfa
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