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Use of Recombinant Human Lactoferrin in Long-Term Care Patients With Feeding Tubes With Clostridium Difficile.

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2006 by Johns Hopkins University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Ventria Bioscience
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First received: September 14, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2006
History: No changes posted
Primary objective of this pilot study is to evaluate the effect of recombinant human lactoferrin on the rate of infection with Clostridium difficile in long-term care patients supported by enteral feeding requiring broad spectrum antibiotics.

Condition Intervention
Clostridium Difficile Drug: recombinant human lactoferrin

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Use of Recombinant Human Lactoferrin in Long-Term Care Patients With Feeding Tubes to Manage Post-Antibiotic Colonization and Infection With Clostridium Difficile

Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Subjects receive 3 grams of lactoferrin in a flush solution for the automated enteric feeding system.
  • Dosing will begin with antibiotic dosing

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: October 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2007
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients in long-term care facility, Ventilator Rehabilitation Unit (VRU) (Plaza) at the John Burton Care Center of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
  • Nutrition via gastrostomy, naso-gastric or jejunostomy enteral feeding system.
  • Patients with supplemental oral intake, but primary nutrition via gastrostomy/jejunostomy tube.
  • Patients with colostomies are also allowed
  • Not currently on antibiotic therapy and no antibiotics within 10 days.
  • Patient is negative for Clostridium difficile antigen in screen
  • Patient, guardian or health care agent willing to give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who will only receive vancomycin, linezolid, or metronidazole as the antibiotic treatment, not broad spectrum antibiotics. All other antibiotics will qualify.
  • Patients with illeostomies.
  • Patients who have signs or symptoms of C. difficile infection; such as diarrhea (two or more liquid stools in a 24-hour period) and elevated WBC (more than 15,000/mm3).
  • Known allergy to rice or rice products.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00377078

Contact: William B Greenough, III, MD 410-550-0782

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21224
Contact: William B Greenough, III, M.D.    410-550-0782   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
Ventria Bioscience
Principal Investigator: William B Greenough, III, MD Johns Hopkins University
Study Director: Delia Bethell, Ph.D. Ventria Bioscience
Study Chair: Delia Bethell, Ph.D. Ventria Bioscience
  More Information Identifier: NCT00377078     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CP-VB-04-02
Study First Received: September 14, 2006
Last Updated: September 14, 2006

Keywords provided by Johns Hopkins University:
recombinant human lactoferrin

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anti-Infective Agents processed this record on September 20, 2017