Safety and Efficacy Study of AV608 in Subjects With Social Anxiety Disorder

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 22, 2006
Last Update Posted : February 25, 2008
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Avera Pharmaceuticals

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to look at the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug (AV608) when used in subjects who have Social Anxiety Disorder. AV608 is an NK-1 receptor antagonist that exhibits central nervous system activity after oral administration. The study will compare AV608 to placebo (a medically inactive substance) to see if AV608 helps the symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder. Eligible subjects will be assigned by chance to take either AV608 or placebo for 12 weeks. During the study, subjects will be asked about their overall health and mood and their Social Anxiety Disorder.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Social Phobia Drug: AV608 Phase 2

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 180 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 2, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial to Investigate the Safety and Efficacy of AV608 in Subjects With Social Anxiety Disorder
Study Start Date : February 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety Phobias

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. The subject is male or female, 18 - 65 years of age (inclusive).
  2. The subject meets current DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) criteria for Social Phobia (300.23), generalized subtype, as confirmed by the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview at Screening (Visit 1).
  3. The subject has had symptoms of SAD (Social Phobia) present for at least 6 months prior to Screening (Visit 1).
  4. The subject has a total score ≥ 60 on the LSAS at both Screening (Visit 1) and Baseline (Visit 2).
  5. The subject has a score ≥ 4 on the Clinical Global Impression - Severity (CGI-S) scale at both Screening (Visit 1) and Baseline (Visit 2).
  6. The subject has a score ≤ 15 on the 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) at Screening
  7. The subject, if female and of child-bearing potential (not 2 years post-menopausal or surgically sterilized), must have a negative serum pregnancy test at Screening (Visit 1) and be willing to avoid pregnancy and practice adequate birth control from the time of study enrollment until 30 days after the last dose of study medication. Adequate methods of birth control are: oral contraception, intrauterine device, implantable contraceptive device, depot contraceptive, or a barrier method plus spermicide. Additional serum pregnancy tests will be administered at Visit 6, Visit 8, and Visit 9.
  8. The subject, if engaged in ongoing psychotherapy for SAD or any other mental health condition, must have been attending therapy regularly for at least 3 months prior to Screening (Visit 1) and must agree to continue the same type and frequency of psychotherapy throughout the course of the study.
  9. The subject agrees to refrain from blood donation during the course of the study.
  10. The subject has written and oral fluency in English or Spanish.
  11. The subject is willing to participate in the study, as evidenced by a signed and dated written Informed Consent Form (ICF).

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. The subject has a decrease >15 points on the LSAS total score between Screening (Visit 1) and Baseline (Visit 2).
  2. The subject has a clinically significant abnormality or clinically significant unstable medical condition as indicated by medical history, physical examination, ECG results, clinical laboratory testing, or the investigator's judgment at Screening (Visit 1) or Baseline (Visit 2).
  3. The subject has a QTc interval of 450 msec or greater at Screening (Visit 1) if male or a QTc interval of 470 msec or greater at Screening (Visit 1) if female.
  4. The subject has current hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism or laboratory findings consistent with thyroid dysfunction. Subjects who are being treated for thyroid disorder are eligible if they have been on stable doses of thyroid hormone for at least 6 months and are currently euthyroid.
  5. The subject has any history of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, or antisocial personality disorder.
  6. The subject has a history within the previous 5 years of obsessive-compulsive disorder or an eating disorder.
  7. The subject exhibits evidence of a clinically predominant DSM-IV-TR Axis I or II disorder other than Social Phobia or Avoidant Personality Disorder within the 6 months prior to Screening (Visit 1).
  8. The subject, in the opinion of the investigator, presents a significant risk of doing harm to himself, herself, or others.
  9. The subject has met DSM-IV-TR criteria for alcohol or substance dependence (other than nicotine or caffeine dependence) within 6 months of Screening (Visit 1).
  10. The subject has met DSM-IV-TR criteria substance abuse (other than alcohol, nicotine or caffeine abuse) within 3 months of Screening (Visit 1).
  11. The subject tests positive on the urine drug screen conducted at Screening (Visit 1) for illicit drugs, including opiates, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, and phencyclidine.
  12. The subject is a pregnant or lactating female.
  13. The subject has previously participated in a clinical trial for AV608 (previously identified as NKP608 and CGP608).
  14. The subject has used any prohibited medications, or has any anticipated need or intended use of these medications during the study, including:

    • Depot injection of an antipsychotic medication within 3 months prior to Baseline (Visit 2) or use of any other antipsychotic or mood stabilizing medication within 30 days prior to Baseline (Visit 2)
    • Fluoxetine within 30 days prior to Baseline (Visit 2) or any other antidepressant medication within 14 days prior to Baseline (Visit 2)
    • Any anxiolytic or sedative-hypnotic medication within 14 days prior to Baseline (Visit 2), with the exception of eszopiclone, ramelteon, zaleplon, or zolpidem if used for sleep
    • Any other psychotropic drug or substance (prescription or over-the-counter) within 7 days prior to Baseline (Visit 2), including St. John's wort, gingko biloba, chromium picolinate, kava-kava, melatonin, DHEA, diphenhydramine, ephedra, or hydroxyzine
    • Any use of pimozide, terfenadine, astemizole, or cisapride during the study
  15. The subject has used any investigational drugs, products, or devices in the 3 months prior to Screening (Visit 1).
  16. The subject is a member of the investigative site staff or an immediate family member.
  17. The subject has any other condition that the investigator believes would jeopardize the safety or rights of the subject or would render the subject unable to comply with the trial protocol.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00294346

United States, Alabama
Birmingham Research Group, Inc.
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35216
United States, Arizona
Pivotal Research Centers
Mesa, Arizona, United States, 85210
United States, California
Southwestern Research, Inc.
Beverly Hills, California, United States, 90210
Affiliated Research Institute
San Diego, California, United States, 92108
United States, Florida
CNS Healthcare
Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 32216
Comprehensive Neuroscience, Inc.
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States, 33702
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, United States, 33613
United States, Maryland
DuPont Clinical Research, Inc.
Rockville, Maryland, United States, 20852
Capital Clinical Research Associates
Rockville, Maryland, United States
United States, New York
Medical Research Network, LLC
New York, New York, United States, 10024
United States, Ohio
Hartford Research
Cincinnatti, Ohio, United States, 45242
United States, Oklahoma
IPS Research Company
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73130
United States, Oregon
Summit Research Network
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97210
United States, Texas
Claghorn-Lesem Research Clinic, LLP
Bellaire, Texas, United States, 77401
Croft Group Research Center
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78229
Sponsors and Collaborators
Avera Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT00294346     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AV608-105
First Posted: February 22, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 25, 2008
Last Verified: February 2008

Keywords provided by Avera Pharmaceuticals:
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Phobia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Phobia, Social
Mental Disorders
Phobic Disorders