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A Clinical Study to Evaluate the Effects of Darusentan on Safety and Efficacy in Subjects With Resistant Systolic Hypertension Receiving Combination Therapy With Three or More Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: August 15, 2006
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2007
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Gilead Sciences
This is a research study of a new experimental drug called darusentan. Darusentan is not currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States, which means that a doctor cannot prescribe this drug. The purpose of this study is to determine if darusentan is effective in reducing systolic blood pressure in subjects with resistant systolic hypertension, despite treatment with full doses of three or more blood pressure lowering drugs, including a diuretic.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hypertension Drug: darusentan Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study to Evaluate the Effects of Darusentan on Safety and Efficacy in Subjects With Resistant Systolic Hypertension Receiving Combination Therapy With Three or More Antihypertensive Drugs, Including a Diuretic (Protocol DAR-201)

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Further study details as provided by Gilead Sciences:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Co-primary efficacy measures are changes in trough sitting systolic BP from baseline through Weeks 8 and 10.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary efficacy measurements are change in trough sitting diastolic BP from baseline to study Week 10; change in mean 24-hour systolic BP, as measured by ABPM; and the percent of subjects who reached systolic BP goal after 10 weeks of treatment.

Study Start Date: June 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2005

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Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who are competent to provide written consent
  • Aged 35 to 85 years
  • Subjects with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease must have a mean systolic blood pressure ≥130 mmHg
  • All other subjects must have a mean systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg
  • Receiving and adhering to full doses of appropriate guideline-recommended antihypertensive drugs from three different classes of antihypertensive agents, including a diuretic
  • Female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test at the Screening Visit and a negative urine pregnancy test at the time of Randomization.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Average sitting systolic blood pressure ≥180 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure ≥110 mmHg at Screening
  • Serum ALT or AST >2X ULN
  • Subjects who have experienced myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) within 6 month of the Screening Visit; or sick sinus syndrome or second or third degree atrioventricular block, chronic atrial fibrillation or recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmia, recurrent ventricular tachycardia, or symptomatic bradycardia
  • Implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) that has fired for any arrhythmia within 3 months of Screening or implanted pacemakers
  • Symptomatic CHF requiring treatment
  • Hemodynamically significant valvular heart disease
  • Hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis; or history of renal transplant
  • Diagnosis or recurrence of malignancy within the past 3 years
  • Sleep apnea
  • Subjects who perform alternating shift or night work
  • Subjects who have participated in a clinical study involving another investigational drug or device within 1 month of the Screening Visit
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00364026     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Protocol DAR-201
First Submitted: August 10, 2006
First Posted: August 15, 2006
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2007
Last Verified: August 2006

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Antihypertensive Agents
Endothelin Receptor Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action