Medication in Early Diabetes (MED) Study

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (Unable to secure supply of the study medication)
First Posted : February 21, 2007
Last Update Posted : May 27, 2016
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Menzies School of Health Research

Brief Summary:
This study compares metformin (current first-line medication) to pioglitazone (a newer diabetic medication currently approved for combination use). Whilst there is good evidence for the benefits of pioglitazone use in other populations, in light of the known weight gain effects of pioglitazone we believe further assessment is required in Indigenous Australians (in whom there is a strong predisposition for central fat deposition). This study will provide evidence regarding the medication appropriate for first line medication in Type 2 diabetes in this high risk population. This study will assist clinicians to make evidenced-based decisions regarding initial medical management of those with Type 2 diabetes (where there is currently a gap in evidence).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 Drug: Pioglitazone Drug: Metformin Phase 4

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Drug naïve Indigenous Australians With Type 2 Diabetes, Enrolled in a Randomised Controlled Trial of Rosiglitazone Versus Metformin Monotherapy to Assess the Effects on Metabolic and Cardiovascular Parameters
Study Start Date : April 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2009

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: A
Arm A- Metformin
Drug: Metformin
500 mg of Metformin taken orally twice a day

Active Comparator: B
Arm B- Pioglitazone
Drug: Pioglitazone
15mg of Pioglitazone taken orally twice a day

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. HbA1c values [ Time Frame: second monthly ]
  2. Weight gain [ Time Frame: monthly ]
  3. Weight distribution [ Time Frame: six monthly ]
  4. Medication side effects [ Time Frame: monthly ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Medication compliance [ Time Frame: monthly ]
  2. Side effects [ Time Frame: monthly ]
  3. Lipids [ Time Frame: second monthly ]
  4. Endothelial dysfunction. [ Time Frame: second monthly ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Drug naïve Indigenous Australians with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Permanent resident of Darwin for at least 1 year immediately before and expected to be for at least 1 year after study commences
  • Participants must be able to give informed voluntary consent
  • Both males and females (females of child bearing potential excluded if not on reliable means of contraception)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00437970

Australia, Northern Territory
Menzies School of Health Research
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, 0810
Sponsors and Collaborators
Menzies School of Health Research
Principal Investigator: Louise Maple Brown, MBBS PhD FRACP Menzies School of Health Research

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: The Director, Menzies School of Health Research Identifier: NCT00437970     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DART-MSHR-06-29
First Posted: February 21, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 27, 2016
Last Verified: April 2009

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs