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Tetracaine Compared to Placebo for Reducing Pain With Palivizumab - A Pilot Study

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Brandi Newby, Fraser Health Identifier:
First received: June 6, 2007
Last updated: May 22, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
This is a small study known as a pilot study. This pilot study is being done to see if a difference in pain from intramuscular palivizumab injection can be detected if tetracaine a topical numbing gel is used compared to no medication (placebo). If a difference is found in this pilot study, then a larger study may be done to confirm that there is a difference in pain experience.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pain Drug: tetracaine 4% gel Drug: Placebo Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Tetracaine (Ametop®) Compared to Placebo for Reducing Pain Associated With Intramuscular Injection of Palivizumab (Synagis®) - A Pilot Study

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Further study details as provided by Brandi Newby, Fraser Health:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To Determine if a Difference in Pain Scale Ratings is Detectable Following Intramuscular Palivizumab Injection That Was Pre-treated With Placebo or Tetracaine. [ Time Frame: 2 visits, 1 month apart ]
    Parent score 1-10 (1 representing no pain and 10 representing extreme pain) FLACC (Face, Legs, Activity, Cry, Consolability) Score 0-10 (at baseline and post injection) (0 representing no pain and 10 representing extreme pain) Change in FLACC score

Enrollment: 7
Study Start Date: November 2007
Study Completion Date: April 2008
Primary Completion Date: April 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Tetracaine
Tetracaine 4% gel 1g applied to injection site
Drug: tetracaine 4% gel
tetracaine applied prior to 1 injection
Other Name: Ametop
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo cream (Aquatain) 1g applied to inejction site
Drug: Placebo
placebo applied prior to 1 injection
Other Name: Aquatain used as placebo to look like tetracaine

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Month to 2 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Infants between 1 month and 2 years of age receiving palivizumab at Surrey Memorial Hospital for 2 consecutive intramuscular injections during the 2007/8 season
  • Parents need to complete informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Allergy/sensitivity to tetracaine, or ester type anaesthetics.
  • Infants who present with fever or illness that prevent administration of palivizumab.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00484393

Canada, British Columbia
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, V3V1Z2
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fraser Health
Principal Investigator: Brandi D Newby, BScPharm Surrey Memorial Hospital
  More Information

Suresh G, Zempsky WT, Schechter NL, Fox JL, Connor EM, Carlin D, Top FH, Weisman LE. IMpact-RSV Study Group Report. Pediatrics 1999;104(4):993-5.

Responsible Party: Brandi Newby, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Fraser Health Identifier: NCT00484393     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-041
Study First Received: June 6, 2007
Results First Received: March 5, 2015
Last Updated: May 22, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents processed this record on September 21, 2017