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A Six-week, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group, Multi-center, Phase II Study

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00567710
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 5, 2007
Last Update Posted : June 29, 2010
Information provided by:
BioLineRx, Ltd.

Brief Summary:
This is a prospective, six-week, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center study in patients with schizophrenia who are experiencing an acute exacerbation of psychosis.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Drug: BL - 1020 Drug: Placebo Drug: Risperidone Phase 2

Detailed Description:
This study consists of a 5- to 14-day screening period to include antipsychotic medication washout, followed by a six-week double blind treatment period. Patients completing the 6-week treatment period may continue double-blind treatment in an optional extension period of at least 6 weeks' duration. Patients randomized to placebo during the initial 6-week period will be randomized to BL-1020 low or high dose during the extension treatment period. Approximately 40 study centers in four countries will participate.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 360 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Six-week, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group, Multi-center, Phase II Study to Determine the Efficacy, Tolerability and Safety of Low and High Non-overlapping Dose Ranges of BL-1020 Compared to Placebo and Risperidone
Study Start Date : July 2008
Primary Completion Date : July 2009
Study Completion Date : September 2009

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia
Drug Information available for: Risperidone
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: I
BL - 1020 lowdose
Drug: BL - 1020
10 mg/day
Experimental: II
BL 1020 high dose
Drug: BL - 1020
BL 1020 20-30 mg/day
Placebo Comparator: III Drug: Placebo
Active Comparator: IV
Drug: Risperidone

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. to evaluate the safety and tolerability of two dose ranges [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. to evaluate the efficacy of two dose ranges [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient is male or female, 18-65 years of age, inclusive.
  • If female, the patient must be post-menopausal, or if fecund, must be abstinent or practicing an established method of birth control such as hormonal preparations (e.g., oral contraceptive tablets, hormonal implant device, hormone patch, or injectable contraceptive), or intrauterine device [IUD], for at least two months prior to screening, and in addition must use a barrier method, e.g., condom, diaphragm, contraceptive foam.
  • Patient is willing and able to provide informed consent, after the nature of the study has been fully explained.
  • Patient is an inpatient or outpatient who has a current DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of schizophrenia, as confirmed by the MINI-Plus.
  • Patient must be experiencing an acute exacerbation of psychosis, with a baseline (Study Day 0) total score on the PANSS greater than '70'.
  • Patient must have a score of '4' ("moderate") or more at baseline on two of the following four PANSS items: delusions, hallucinatory behaviors, conceptual disorganization or suspiciousness/persecution, where at least one of the two items must be either delusions or hallucinatory behaviors, and the total score on the four items must be greater than '17'.
  • Patient must be experiencing an acute exacerbation of psychosis with a total score on the CGI-S of '4' ("moderate") or greater at baseline.
  • Patient is willing to be hospitalized at screening, and willing to remain in the hospital at least 14 days after baseline (through Study Day 14) as clinically indicated, and must be willing to comply with all study related evaluations and procedures through Study Day 42.
  • Patient has a caregiver or an identified responsible person (e.g., family member, social worker, nurse) who will support him/her to ensure compliance with the treatment and outpatient visits.
  • Patient is willing to comply with not taking any prohibited medications during participation in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The presence of any of the following will exclude a patient from study enrolment:


  • Patient is unwilling or unable to provide informed consent.
  • Patient is unwilling or unable, in the opinion of the Investigator, to comply with study instructions.
  • If female, patient is pregnant, breast-feeding, has a positive urine pregnancy test at screening or baseline, or is of reproductive capacity and is unwilling to comply with accepted contraceptive methods during the study, ie, not using an oral contraceptive, hormonal patch or implant, injectable contraceptive or IUD, in combination with a barrier method (see Inclusion Criterion #2).
  • Patient has made a plasma or blood donation within 14 days prior to the screening visit.
  • Patient has participated in a prior clinical study of BL-1020 or any of its excipients, and/or has received an investigational drug within thirty days prior to screening.
  • Patient is judged by the PI to be inappropriate for the study.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00567710

United States, Texas
Mary ann Knisevich
Irving, Texas, United States, 75062
Sponsors and Collaborators
BioLineRx, Ltd.
Study Director: Yona Geffen, Ph.D BioLineRx, Ltd.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: BioLineRx, Drug development Company Identifier: NCT00567710     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BL - 1020 IIb
First Posted: December 5, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 29, 2010
Last Verified: June 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Serotonin Antagonists
Serotonin Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Psychotropic Drugs
Dopamine Antagonists
Dopamine Agents