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Comparison of Three Drug Combinations for Intermittent Treatment of Malaria in Children

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00561899
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 21, 2007
Last Update Posted : January 26, 2017
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
Intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) offers a way of preventing malaria infection without compromising the development of malaria immunity or encouraging drug resistance. The effect of IPT in children in the prevention of malaria has been evaluated in a number of trials in areas of seasonal malaria transmission. Results from these trials have shown that IPTc provided between 40% - 86% protection against clinical malaria. In 2006, a trial that compared two methods of IPTc delivery was carried out in Upper River Division, The Gambia. Preliminary results of the trial have shown that the treatment was very effective as only 4% (45/1133) of the children seen at the end of year cross-sectional survey were parasitaemic. Tolerability was assessed in a subset of 1100 children and the results showed that about 13.5% of children developed mild to moderate vomiting. Malaise was present in about 10% of the study subjects. Severe adverse events were rare. Thus it is important to investigate if other drug regimens might be equally effective in preventing malaria but less likely to cause adverse events. During the 2007 malaria transmission season, 1009 children aged 1-5 years will be individually randomized to receive amodiaquine plus SP, piperaquine plus SP or Artekin TM (dihdroartemisinin plus piperaquine) at monthly intervals on three occasions during the months of September, October, and November. To determine the prevalence of side effects following drug administration participants in each treatment group will be visited at home three and seven days after each round of drug administration and a side effects questionnaire completed. To help establish whether these adverse events are drug related, the same questionnaire will be administered after each treatment round, to 286 age-matched children who are not part of the trial. The primary ends points will be the incidence of adverse events.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Malaria Drug: SP, amodiaquine, piperaquine, dihdroartemisinin Drug: intermittent preventive treatment Drug: Du-Cotecxin Phase 2 Phase 3

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Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1295 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Comparison of Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of Three Drug Combinations for Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Children Aged 1-5 Years in an Area of Seasonal Malaria Transmission in Upper River Division, The Gambia
Study Start Date : August 2007
Primary Completion Date : February 2008
Study Completion Date : June 2008

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MedlinePlus related topics: Malaria
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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Drug: SP, amodiaquine, piperaquine, dihdroartemisinin
once every month during september, October and November
Other Names:
  • Fansidar
  • Du-Cotecxin
Experimental: 2
Piperaquine plus SP arm
Drug: intermittent preventive treatment
SP(500mg sulfadoxine/25mg pyrimethamine)1.25mg SP per kg stat Amodiaquine (200mg base) 25mg/kg over 3 days Piperaquine (320 mg per tablet) 16.8 g/kg daily for 3 days Du-Cotecxin ( 40mg dihydroartemisinin(DHA)/320mg piperaquine(PQP))PQP/DHA 1.6/12.8mg/kg once daily for 3 days
Other Names:
  • SP
  • Du-Cotecxin
Experimental: 3
Drug: Du-Cotecxin
Du-Cotecxin (40mg dihydroartemisinin (DHA/320mg Piperaquine (PQP) PQP/DHA 1.6/12.8mg/kg once daily for 3 days
Other Name: SP

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The safety and tolerability of AQ plus SP, PQP plus SP, and PQP plus DHA when used for seasonal IPT in children [ Time Frame: Onset of IPT to end of malaria season ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The efficacy of the three drug regimens when used for seasonal IPT in children [ Time Frame: Onset of IPT to end of malaria season ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 5 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age between 1 to 5 years at enrolment.
  2. Informed consent obtained from parents or legal guardians.
  3. No current participation in another malaria intervention trial.
  4. Free of obvious health problems as established by medical history and clinical examination before entering into the study.
  5. Available for the duration of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Known allergy to any of the antimalarial drugs used in the trial and if this is unknown, then a history of allergic reaction to any drug.
  2. Acute or chronic, clinically significant pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic or renal functional abnormality, as determined by physical examination or laboratory tests.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00561899

Medical Research Council Laboratories,
Banjul, Gambia
Sponsors and Collaborators
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, The Gambia
Principal Investigator: Kalifa Bojang, MD Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia
Principal Investigator: Kalifa Bojang, MD Medical Research Council
More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Brian Greenwood, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00561899     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SCC1089
First Posted: November 21, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 26, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017

Keywords provided by Brian Greenwood, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:
intermittent prevetive treatment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Antiprotozoal Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Anti-Infective Agents