Twin SUBLIVAC® Grasses Clinical Efficacy Study

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
HAL Allergy Identifier:
First received: January 12, 2007
Last updated: February 6, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
To show that treatment with SUBLIVAC® Grasses is clinically effective by means of reduction in allergic symptoms and/or use of allergic symptomatic medication in subjects suffering from IgE mediated allergic complaints triggered by grass pollen.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal
Conjunctivitis, Allergic
Drug: SUBLIVAC® Grasses/Placebo treatment
Drug: SUBLIVAC® Grasses treatment
Drug: Placebo treatment
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Twin SUBLIVAC® Grasses Clinical Efficacy Study

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Further study details as provided by HAL Allergy:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical index score (CIS), measured during the pollen season, in the treatment group compared to the placebo group. [ Time Frame: June, July, August 2007 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • CIS derived variables [ Time Frame: June, July and August 2007 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • RQLQ, quantitative skin prick test [ Time Frame: Pollen season 2006 and 2007 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • oral allergy syndrome [ Time Frame: October 2006 until September 2007 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • mast-cell serum tryptase [ Time Frame: 6 months therapy ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • specific immunoglobulins (IgE and IgG). [ Time Frame: 6 months therapy ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 350
Study Start Date: September 2006
Study Completion Date: October 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
SUBLIVAC® Grasses treatment
Drug: SUBLIVAC® Grasses/Placebo treatment
SUBLIVAC® Grasses/Placebo treatment
Drug: SUBLIVAC® Grasses treatment
SUBLIVAC® Grasses treatment
Placebo Comparator: 2
Placebo treatment
Drug: SUBLIVAC® Grasses/Placebo treatment
SUBLIVAC® Grasses/Placebo treatment
Drug: Placebo treatment
Placebo treatment

Detailed Description:

Indication under study: IgE mediated allergic disorders triggered by grass pollen.

Number of centres: approximately 50.

Study period planned: Q2-2006 until Q3-2008 Analysis after one exposed season (2007); based on the outcome the study will be stopped or continued for another season.

Subject selection criteria: Seasonal rhinitis and/or rhinoconjunctivitis with or without mild asthma (FEV1 > 70%) related to grass pollen, age 12 years or older.

Dosage schedule: Start with two drops daily of SUBLIVAC® and increase by two drops daily, until the maintenance dose of 10 drops SUBLIVAC® GrassesSUBLIVAC® Grasses is reached.

Route of administration: Sublingual application (drops are to be held underneath the tongue for 2-3 minutes and then will be swallowed).

Duration of treatment: 6 to 12 months blinded per subject . Efficacy parameters


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis with or without mild asthma FEV1 ≥ 70%) for at least 2 years. Their allergic symptoms should be related to grass pollen Use of anti-allergy symptomatic medication in the last pollen season (or, in case of a low pollen season, in one of the two previous years)
  • A positive skin prick test (>3 mm) for early flowering treesgrasses and specific serum IgE-test(>1 U/ml) for grass pollen (Lolium perenne, Phleum pratense and Poa pratensis).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • A positive SPT for perennial allergens of house dust mite
  • Allergy to any of the excipients
  • Symptoms related to concomitant sensitisation to perennial allergens of pets
  • Chronic asthma or emphysema, particularly with a FEV1 < 70 % of predicted value or use of inhalation corticosteroids outside grass and tree pollen season for more than two episodes and/or longer than fourteen days
  • Use of symptomatic medication for more than three episodes and/or longer than three days outside the tree- or grass pollen season
  • Serious immuno-pathological diseases or malignancies (including auto-immune diseases, tuberculosis, HIV)
  • Inflammation and infection of the target organ
  • Severe atopic dermatitis requiring systemic immuno-suppressive medication
  • Allergen specific immuno-therapy treatment within the last 5 years for a period longer than three months
  • History of life threatening anaphylactic events, including anaphylactic food allergy, insect venom anaphylaxis, exercise or drug induced anaphylaxis
  • A positive pregnancy test, lactation or inadequate contraceptive measures Alcohol- or drug abuse
  • Lack of co-operation or severe psychological disorders
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00422149

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Sponsors and Collaborators
HAL Allergy
Principal Investigator: R Peter, Zentrum für Klinische Forschung, Helholzstrasse 8/1, 89081 Ulm, Germany
  More Information

Responsible Party: H.A.J. Kleinjans, HAL Allergy BV Identifier: NCT00422149     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SG/0021  EudraCTnr: 2005-005175-16 
Study First Received: January 12, 2007
Last Updated: February 6, 2012
Health Authority: Germany: Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
Netherlands: Medical Ethics Review Committee (METC)
Poland: Ministry of Health
Belgium: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by HAL Allergy:
Sublingual immunotherapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Conjunctivitis, Allergic
Rhinitis, Allergic
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal
Conjunctival Diseases
Eye Diseases
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Nose Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Respiratory Tract Diseases
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