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Safety and Efficacy Study of IV Artesunate to Treat Malaria

This study has been completed.
Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP)
Information provided by:
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Identifier:
First received: March 1, 2006
Last updated: September 2, 2008
Last verified: September 2008
The purpose of this study is to determine how GMP IV Artesunate is metabolized and cleared by individuals with uncomplicated malaria infection and to determine how fast it eliminates malaria infection from the body.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Artesunate
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II, Open Label, Study of the Safety, Tolerability, Efficacy and Pharmacokinetics of Intravenous Artesunate in Adults With Uncomplicated Malaria

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PK of artesunate and dihydroartemisinin

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Parasite clearance time
  • Fever clearance time

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: March 2006
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
This is an unblinded non-randomized phase II pharmacokinetic study of a new GMP formulation of intravenous artesunate. Artesunate has been used throughout Asia and Africa for many years. Its overall efficacy associated with the ability to lower parasitemia is well established. To date, pharmacokinetic studies have not been done in Africa using GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)-produced drug. The objective of this study is to show that GMP IV artesunate rapidly clears parasites in Adult Kenyan populations with malaria and that the pharmacokinetic profile of the drug approximates other populations of adults tested (Asians and North Americans).

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult male & non-pregnant females, 18-65 years
  • Fever, defined as >37.5ºC, during the current illness, or history (within the last 48 hours) of fever.
  • Diagnosis of falciparum malaria, greater than or equal to 200 parasites/l
  • Able to communicate well with the investigator and to comply with the requirements of the entire study.
  • Willing to be admitted for the period of drug administration and/or to follow up (return to hospital)
  • Provision of the written informed consent to participate as shown by a signature on the informed consent form.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Administration of any investigational drug in the period 0 to 16 weeks before entry to the study.
  • The use of any medication during the period 0 to 14 days (prescribed drugs) or 0 to 5 days (OTC) before entry to the study (including herbal or dietary supplements), except those deemed by the principal investigator / clinical investigator not to interfere with the outcome of the study.
  • Existence of any surgical or medical condition that, in the judgment of the clinical investigator, might interfere with the distribution, metabolism or excretion of the drug.
  • History of serious adverse reaction or hypersensitivity to study drug or follow on treatment.
  • Mixed malaria infection (malaria other than falciparum malaria mono-infection as detected by screening blood smear)
  • Severe falciparum malaria (as defined by the WHO; Attachment 1).
  • Donation or loss of greater than 400 ml of blood in the period 0 to 12 weeks before entry to the study,
  • Transfusion of blood within past 30 days.
  • Refusal to prevent pregnancy during the 14 days of the trial
  • Pregnancy as defined clinically or by a positive urine -HCG at the time of screening, or nursing mothers.
  • Laboratory evidence or history of significant cardiovascular, liver or renal functional abnormality, which in the opinion of the investigator would place them at increased risk. Specifically, the following will serve as exclusionary

    • Creatinine > 1.4 x ULN (>2.0 mg/dl)
    • Glucose < LLN (65mg/dl)
    • AST, ALT > 3x ULN (120 U/L
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00298610

New Nyanza Provincial Hospital
Kisumu, New Nyanza, Kenya
Sponsors and Collaborators
U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General
Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP)
Principal Investigator: Shon A Remich, MD Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00298610     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WRAIR 1168  KEMRI 917  HSRRB A-13331 
Study First Received: March 1, 2006
Last Updated: September 2, 2008

Keywords provided by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR):
Uncomplicated Malaria
GMP artesunate

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Antiprotozoal Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antimalarials processed this record on February 27, 2017