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Epoetin Dosing Regimens in Haemodialysis

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 10, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 10, 2006
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Romanian Society of Nephrology

Brief Summary:

Currently, less frequent than once weekly subcutaneous epoetin administration regimens were shown to be equally effective and safe as the once-weekly schedules in stable pre-dialyzed and peritoneal dialyzed patients Bioequivalence of once-every-two-weeks and once-weekly subcutaneous administration of the same total dose of epoetin beta for the maintenance phase of anemia treatment in stable, iron-replete, chronic hemodialyzed patients was therefore prospectively investigated.

two treatment schedules will be considered equivalent if the primary efficacy parameters will be simultaneously similar for both groups and in the predefined range of variation. Confidence intervals (CIs) will be used to compare groups. Since the target Hb in dialyzed patients is defined as 11g/dL (110 g/L) by the European Guidelines and as >10 g/dL (100 g/L) by the National Guidelines, with a recommended upper limit of 13 g/dL (130 g/L), the efficacy range for Hb in this study was predefined as 10-12 g/dL (100-120 g/L). The two treatment schedules will be considered to have similar efficacy if the mean Hb in Group 2w will not differ by more than ±0.5 g/dL (±5 g/L) compared to Group 1w during the assessment period. Once similar efficacy established, drug requirements will be compared calculating the ratio of the mean weekly epoetin doses in Group 2w/Group 1w. A range of 0.8 to 1.25 for the ratio is considered sufficient to define bioequivalence. Equivalence of drug usage in the two arms will be accepted if the whole 95% CI for this ratio will be within the above limits.

Lack of difference between group means does not imply similar distribution of treatment effects within each group. The individual hemoglobin change will be used to assess if response to treatment was similarly variable in the two arms. The change in Hb will be calculated for each patient as the difference between the mean Hb during the assessment period and the mean Hb during the baseline phase.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hemodialyzed Patients Epoetin Treatment Drug: NeoRecormon SC once-weekly versus once-every-other-week Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Once-Weekly Versus Once-Fortnightly Subcutaneous Epoetin Beta Administration in the Maintenance Phase of Anaemia Treatment in Haemodialyzed Patients
Study Start Date : March 2004
Study Completion Date : December 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Dialysis

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. hemoglobin level in the assessment period (average of all values from weeks 13-24)
  2. weekly epoetin beta dose per dry body weight in the assessment period (average of all values from weeks 13-24)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. the percentage of patients maintaining target Hb without any increase in epoetin dose during the assessment period;
  2. the difference between the average Hb levels during the assessment period versus the baseline phase;
  3. the difference between the average weekly epoetin beta dose during the assessment period versus the baseline phase.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adult age (≥18 years)
  • at least 6 months on HD
  • efficient HD (urea-equilibrated Kt/V >1.2, Daugirdas II equation)
  • haemoglobin (Hb) levels above the Romanian recommended target of 10g/dL and stable (difference between the maximum and minimum values at three subsequent determinations ≤1.5g/dL)
  • treatment with once-weekly SC epoetin beta for at least 2 months prior to enrollment
  • serum ferritin level 80-800 ng/mL
  • transferrin saturation 20-50%

Exclusion Criteria:

  • poor blood pressure control (BP ≥140/90mmHg in spite of antihypertensive medication and fluid control by dialysis)
  • cardiac failure or hepatic diseases (as defined by abnormal ALT and AST levels) or association of psychical disorders or other disturbances making the enrollment unacceptable, as judged by the physician
  • hyperkalemia
  • malnutrition (Subjective Global Assessment score B or C and/or serum albumin <4g/dL)
  • acute infection or HIV infection
  • significant inflammation (CRP >12 mg/L)
  • severe hyperparathyroidism (iPTH >800 ng/mL)
  • history of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • > 5% variation in dry body weight in the last 6 months
  • previously diagnosed folic acid and/or vitamin B12 deficiency
  • neoplastic diseases
  • other known causes of anaemia
  • known hypersensibility to one of the administered drugs
  • epilepsy
  • pregnancy or lactation
  • anti-viral treatment during the month preceding the inclusion
  • immunosuppressive treatment or use of other medication known to influence erythropoiesis 4 weeks before the enrollment
  • participation in another clinical trial 4 weeks prior to enrollment
  • need for blood transfusions within 8 weeks prior to enrollment.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00349960

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"Dr Carol Davila" Teaching Hospital of Nephrology
Bucharest, Romania, 010731
"Sf. Ioan Nou" Clinical Hospital, Nephrology and Dialysis Department
Bucharest, Romania
Dialysis Centre, "Fundeni" Clinical Institute, Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania
Dialysis Centre, Army Medical Diagnosis and Treatment Centre
Bucharest, Romania
Nephrology and Dialysis Clinic, Cluj Clinical County Hospital
Cluj Napoca, Romania
Nephrology and Dialysis Clinic, Craiova Clinical County Hospital
Craiova, Romania
Dialysis and Transplantation Center, "CI Parhon" University Hospital
Iaşi, Romania
Nephrology and Dialysis Department, Dâmboviţa County Hospital
Targoviste, Romania
Dialysis and Renal Transplantation Centre, Timisoara County Hospital
Timisoara, Romania
Sponsors and Collaborators
Romanian Society of Nephrology
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Study Director: Gabriel Mircescu Mircescu, Professor Romanian Society of Nephrology
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00349960    
Other Study ID Numbers: 3025
First Posted: July 10, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 10, 2006
Last Verified: February 2006
Keywords provided by Romanian Society of Nephrology:
Erythropoiesis stimulating agent
Dosing frequency
Therapeutic equivalence