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Atorvastatin in New Onset Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) (TIDM)

This study has been completed.
FDA Office of Orphan Products Development
Medical University of South Carolina
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2007
Last updated: October 7, 2015
Last verified: October 2015
The goal of this application is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of atorvastatin as a potential treatment to preserve beta cell function in children and young adults with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes (T1DM).

Condition Intervention Phase
Type 1 Diabetes
Drug: Atorvastatin
Other: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II, Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Atorvastatin in Subjects With Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

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Further study details as provided by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 4-hour C-peptide Area Under the Curve (AUC) in Response to Mixed Meal (MMTT). [ Time Frame: 0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210 and 240 minutes ]
    C-peptide measurements collected over a 4 hour period (0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210 and 240 minutes)after a Mixed Meal Tolerance Test. The area under the curve from these combined measurements is calculated and the unit of measure is nanogram*minutes/ml.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • •2-hour and 4-hour C-peptide AUC After MMTT. •Hemoglobin A1c •Mean Daily Insulin Dose Per kg Body Weight for 7 Days •Mean Blood Glucose (BG), Number of Preprandial BG > 160 mg/dL or < 70 mg/dL, and Postprandial BG >200 mg/dL [ Time Frame: baseline, 1,3,6,9,12,18 months ]

    for the C-peptide AUC measurements collected over a 2 or 4 hour period (with 30 minute intervals)after a Mixed Meal Tolerance Test. The area under the curve from these combined measurements (from 0 to 120 or 0 to 240 minutes) is calculated and the unit of measure is nanogram*minutes/ml.

    Mean daily insulin dose is calculated from a logbook maintained by the subjects for one week prior to study visits.

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: July 2007
Study Completion Date: July 2013
Primary Completion Date: July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Atorvastatin
Two out of every three patients will receive atorvastatin.
Drug: Atorvastatin
Pill, initially at 10 mg, then after 4 weeks, 20 mg Once daily for a total of 12 months
Other Name: Lipitor
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
One out of three subjects will receive a placebo.
Other: Placebo
One out of three subjects will receive a placebo.

Detailed Description:

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. T1DM therapy requires insulin administration, either by multiple daily injections or by insulin pump. However, in many patients, blood sugar control remains suboptimal and complications develop that shorten life expectancy and severely impact quality of life. At the time of diagnosis, most patients still have significant residual beta cell function. Previous research has shown that weakening the immune system's attack on the pancreatic beta cells may help to preserve or potentially increase insulin production.

Preliminary studies have shown that members of the statin family of medications, including atorvastatin (Lipitor®), preserve beta cell function in a mouse model of type 1 diabetes. These finding suggest that use of atorvastatin in combination with insulin therapy may delay and potentially reverse the destruction of beta cells in patients who have recently developed type 1 diabetes. Atorvastatin (Lipitor®) is approved for use in adults and children (>10 years of age) who have elevated blood cholesterol levels. This study will examine whether atorvastatin (Lipitor®) may also help the body preserve insulin production in patients with newly diagnosed (within 8 weeks) type 1 diabetes.

Patients will be randomly assigned to take either atorvastatin (Lipitor®) or placebo. Two out of every 3 patients will receive atorvastatin and 1 out of 3 will get placebo. As this is a double-blinded study, neither the care team nor the patient will know if they are actually taking atorvastatin (Lipitor®). Patients who have given consent to participate in the study and pass the required screening tests will take the assigned treatment every day for 12 months. All patients will begin taking 10 mg once daily, the recommended starting dose. After 4 weeks, the dose will be increased to 20 mg. In addition to a high standard of diabetes care and the medication, patients will have blood tests during 7 visits over an 18 month period.


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals 10-19 years of age (Tanner Stage II or greater),
  • The presence of one or more serum antibodies to islet cell proteins (anti- glutamic acid decarboxylase [GAD], islet antigen 2 or insulin autoantibodies) as assessed in standard practice,
  • Diagnosis of T1DM within the 8 weeks prior to study entry
  • Peak stimulated C-peptide level >0.2pmol/mL following mixed meal tolerance test (MMTT) performed at least 3 weeks after diagnosis,
  • Females of reproductive potential must not plan on conceiving a child during the treatment program, and agree to use a medically accepted form of contraception

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects currently receiving cyclosporine, fibric acid derivatives, niacin (nicotinic acid), erythromycin, clarythromycin, nefazodone, itraconazole, ketoconazole or protease inhibitors,
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding,
  • Clinical AIDS, AIDS related syndrome (ARS) or known positive HIV serology,
  • Subjects treated with immunosuppressive therapy in the past 12 months,
  • Subjects receiving glucocorticoid therapy or therapy other than insulin that is likely to affect glucose homeostasis (such as sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, metformin or amylin),
  • Subjects with other autoimmune diseases, except autoimmune thyroid disease,
  • Subjects with any illness that might complicate diabetes management or preclude treatment with atorvastatin,
  • Transplant recipients,
  • Evidence of liver dysfunction or myopathy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00529191

United States, Pennsylvania
Diabetes Center for Children & Clinical Translational Research Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
FDA Office of Orphan Products Development
Medical University of South Carolina
Principal Investigator: Steven M Willi, M.D Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  More Information

Responsible Party: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Identifier: NCT00529191     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006-5-4824  R01FD003340 
Study First Received: September 13, 2007
Results First Received: December 20, 2012
Last Updated: October 7, 2015

Keywords provided by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:
Type I Diabetes (T1DM)
Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Beta Cells

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Atorvastatin Calcium
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
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