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Evaluation of Effectiveness of Risperdal® Consta® Compared to Abilify® Over a Two-year Period in Patients With Schizophrenia

This study has been completed.
Janssen, LP
Information provided by:
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. Identifier:
First received: March 3, 2006
Last updated: December 22, 2011
Last verified: December 2011
The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of two antipsychotic medications, Risperdal® Consta® versus Abilify®, over a 2-year treatment period in the long-term maintenance of patients with schizophrenia.

Condition Intervention Phase
Psychotic Disorders
Drug: Abilify
Drug: Risperidal Consta
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 2-year, Prospective, Blinded-rater, Open-label, Active-controlled, Multicenter, Randomized Study of Long-term Efficacy and Effectiveness Comparing Risperdal® Consta® and Abilify® (Aripiprazole) in Adults With Schizophrenia

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to Relapse [ Time Frame: Day 1 to relapse ]
    Time to relapse was defined as the number of days from the date of first dose to the date of relapse, as determined by the Relapse Monitoring Board.

  • Time in Remission [ Time Frame: Day 1 to last PANSS measurement ]
    Time in remission for an individual subject was defined as the length of time (in days) that the remission criteria were maintained during the trial. Remission was defined as the simultaneous attainment of a score of 3 (mild), 2 (minimal), or 1 (absent) for all the following individual items from Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS): delusions (P1), concept disorganization (P2), hallucinatory behavior (P3), unusual thought content (G9), mannerisms and posturing (G5), blunted affect (N1), passive/apathetic social withdrawal (N4), and lack of spontaneity and flow of conversation (N6).

Enrollment: 355
Study Start Date: February 2006
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 002 Drug: Abilify
10-30 mg once daily for 104 weeks
Experimental: 001 Drug: Risperidal Consta
25mg, 37.5mg, or 50mg every 2 weeks for 104 weeks

Detailed Description:
Although many patients with schizophrenia currently take oral antipsychotic medications, it is estimated that up to 75% of them have difficulty adhering to the daily oral regimen. Long-acting injectable formulations of antipsychotics may eliminate the need for daily medication and enhance patient compliance with the treatment regimen. The purpose of this trial is to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of Risperdal® Consta®, a long-acting injectable antipsychotic medication, versus Abilify®, an oral antipsychotic medication in patients with schizophrenia. The study will include patients, who in the investigator's opinion may benefit from a change in their current antipsychotic medication due to insufficient effectiveness, side effects or difficulty in adhering to a daily dose regimen. This is an open-label, randomized study in which patients will have an equal chance of receiving treatment for up to 2 years with Risperdal® Consta®, administered in the muscles near the hip every 2 weeks, or Abilify®, taken orally once daily. The initial dose and subsequent dose of study drug will be determined by the investigator. The patient's current oral antipsychotic medication will be decreased over the first four weeks of the study and discontinued. During the study, investigators may adjust the dose of study drug or add new antipsychotic medications to treat worsening psychotic symptoms. Patients may continue on or have added, antidepressants, mood stabilizers (except carbamazepine), sedative hypnotics, or anxiolytic medications during the study. Patients will return to the doctor's office every two weeks to receive an injection of Risperdal® Consta® or another supply of Abilify®. During certain visits, patients will be asked questions which will help the investigator determine the severity of the patient's illness, how well the study drug is working, quality of life, reasoning, memory, judgement and perception and side effects that may be associated with schizophrenia or treatment. Safety evaluations include the incidence of adverse events during the study, vital signs and clinical laboratory tests (both blood and urine). The study hypothesis is that Risperdal® Consta® is superior to Abilify® in the long-term treatment of subjects with schizophrenia as measured by time to relapse and time in remission. Treatment with Risperdal® Consta® (administered in the muscle every 2 weeks) at a dose of 25, 37.5 or 50 mg or Abilify® (administered orally daily) at a dose of 10-30 mg for 2 years. Investigators will determine the starting dose and may adjust the dosage of study drug during the study according to symptoms and treatment response.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with diagnosis of schizophrenia
  • Patient has had at least 2 psychotic relapses in the two years prior to study entry
  • patient is not adequately benefiting from their current antipsychotic medication

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients that have been hospitalized or had major medication changes within 2 months of study entry
  • Patients currently experiencing, or who have experienced worsening of disease symptoms within 2 months of study entry
  • Patients currently using clozapine or carbamazepine
  • Patients who have undergone electroconvulsive therapy or depot antipsychotic treatment within 6 months prior to study entry
  • pregnant or breast-feeding
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00299702

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Janssen, LP
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L. C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
  More Information

Responsible Party: Vice President, Medical Affairs, Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC Identifier: NCT00299702     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR006121
RISSCH4060 ( Other Identifier: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C. )
Study First Received: March 3, 2006
Results First Received: January 26, 2010
Last Updated: December 22, 2011

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
Treatment Outcome
long-acting injectable

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Serotonin Antagonists
Serotonin Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Psychotropic Drugs
Dopamine Antagonists
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