Study of an Evening Dose of Eszopiclone on Next Day Driving Ability & Psychomotor/Memory Function in Healthy Volunteers

This study has been completed.
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Sunovion Identifier:
First received: August 23, 2006
Last updated: February 21, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
Male and female healthy volunteers. Patients must also possess a full current driving license (for at least one year), and be a regular car driver.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Eszopiclone
Drug: Placebo
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of a Single Evening Dose of 3 mg Eszopiclone on Next Day Driving Ability and Psychomotor/Memory Function in Healthy Volunteers Compared to Placebo

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Further study details as provided by Sunovion:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • next day performance in a standardised test of car driving [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Compensatory Tracking Task (CTT) [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Rapid Visual Information Processing (RVIP) [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Sternberg's Short-term Memory Scanning task (STM) [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Critical Flicker Fusion (CFF) [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST) [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Choice Reaction Time (CRT) [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Leeds Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire and Leeds Analogue Rating Scales [ Time Frame: 9.5 hours post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: March 2004
Study Completion Date: July 2005
Primary Completion Date: July 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
eszopiclone 3 mg
Drug: Eszopiclone
eszopiclone 3 mg
Other Names:
  • S-Zopiclone
  • Lunesta
Placebo Comparator: 2
Placebo tablet
Drug: Placebo
Placebo tablet

Detailed Description:
The study is a single centre, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled 2-way crossover design in a group of 32 healthy male and female volunteers. The medications under investigation are eszopiclone and placebo. Volunteers will receive the study medications and placebo on the evening of Day 2 of each treatment period. Performance will be assessed on Day 3 of each treatment period. Each treatment period will be separated by at least a 7-day washout period. This study was previously posted by Sepracor Inc. In October 2009, Sepracor Inc. was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma., and in October 2010, Sepracor Inc's name was changed to Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged between 18 and 55 years inclusive
  • In good health as determined by a medical history, ECG, haematology, blood and urine biochemistry and physical examination by the doctor
  • A body mass index greater than or equal to 18 and less than or equal to 30
  • Registered with a general practitioner (GP)
  • Hold a full current driving licence for at least one year, and be regular car drivers

Exclusion Criteria

  • Clinically significant use of psychotropic medication in the last three months. For example, this would include the prolonged use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, or antihistamines, but would exclude the occasional use of cold or flu remedies (which often contain antihistamines and/ or opiates)
  • The use of any other medication in the last two weeks with the exception of oral, transdermal, IUDs (progestogen only contraceptive e.g. Mirena), or depot contraceptives, non-steroidal analgesics (e.g. ibuprofen), and paracetamol
  • Significant history of mental illness, significant drug allergy, malignancy or chronic drug abuse (including alcohol)
  • Any subject with known hypersensitivity to any of the study treatments
  • A sleep/ wake cycle (e.g. shift work) liable to prejudice the results of the study
  • Pregnant or lactating females, and females of child bearing potential not using effective contraception
  • Volunteers who habitually smoke more than 5 cigarettes per day
  • Caffeine consumption of more than 5 cups or glasses per day
  • History of alcohol or drug dependence or intake of more than the equivalent of 14 units of alcohol per week for females and 21 units per week for males
  • Current participation in another clinical trial, or participation in a clinical trial within the last 90 days
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00368160

United Kingdom
HPRU Medical Research Centre
Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
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Responsible Party: Sunovion Identifier: NCT00368160     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 190-059 
Study First Received: August 23, 2006
Last Updated: February 21, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Sunovion:
Next day driving

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on April 27, 2016