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Safety and Efficacy Study of the Effect of Etanercept in Hemodialysis Patients

This study has been terminated.
(We were unable to recruit sufficient patients within the confines of our budget)
Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
Information provided by:
Kaysen, George A., M.D., Ph.D. Identifier:
First received: February 15, 2006
Last updated: April 4, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
Etanercept is a novel anti-inflammatory agent currently used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. We are examining whether etanercept is effective in improving the nutritional status of hemodialysis patients as a consequence of its ability to decrease inflammation. Hemodialysis patients with end stage renal disease have a high mortality rate. In individual patients, mortality is associated with a low serum albumin concentration, a marker of poor nutritional status, and with elevated C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation. Since efforts to improve nutrition through dietary intake have not been successful, inflammation is thought to play a key role in determining nutritional status. Recently, it has been shown that malnutrition, inflammation, and atherosclerosis are closely related in patients with chronic renal failure. It is our hypothesis that suppression of the cycle of inflammation, malnutrition, and vascular injury caused by atherosclerosis will improve survival in dialysis patients. This study is designed to examine whether suppression of the inflammatory response can be accomplished safely with etanercept and to determine if this suppression will improve nutritional status and clinical outcome in hemodialysis patients with poor nutritional status and evidence of inflammation.

Condition Intervention Phase
End Stage Renal Disease
Drug: Etanercept
Drug: Saline
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Etanercept in Suppression of the Systemic Inflammatory Response in Hemodialysis Patients

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Further study details as provided by Kaysen, George A., M.D., Ph.D.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • increased serum albumin concentration [ Time Frame: 12 months of treatment ]
  • reduced C-reactive protein concentration [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • effect of treatment on prealbumin concentration [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: March 2005
Study Completion Date: June 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: A
Etanercept 25 mg injection twice a week
Drug: Etanercept
Hemodialysis patients having a serum albumin of less than or equal to 3.8 g/dl and a CRP greater than or equal to 0.8 mg/dL will receive either etanercept at a dose of 25 mg by subcutaneous injection twice a week or a placebo for a period of 48 weeks. The outcome is an increase in serum albumin and pre-albumin in the treated group.
Other Name: Embrel
Placebo Comparator: B
Saline injection twice a week
Drug: Saline
Saline will be injected subcutaneously twice a week


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of end stage renal disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of Tuberculosis History of Recurrent Infection Recent AMI, Cancer within previous 5 years Presence of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, systemic lupus erythematosis, presence of transcutaneous access (external catheter)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00293202

United States, California
University of California, Davis, Medical Center
Sacramento, California, United States, 95817
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kaysen, George A., M.D., Ph.D.
Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
Principal Investigator: George Kaysen, MD, PhD University of California, Davis
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: George Kaysen PI, University of California Davis Identifier: NCT00293202     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200311904
Study First Received: February 15, 2006
Last Updated: April 4, 2012

Keywords provided by Kaysen, George A., M.D., Ph.D.:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Failure, Chronic
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Renal Insufficiency
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors processed this record on April 28, 2017