Behavioral Naltrexone Therapy (BNT) for Promoting Adherence to Oral Naltrexone (BNT-oral) vs Extended Release Injectable Depot Naltrexone (Depot-BNT); a Randomized Trial. A Free Treatment for Opiate Abuse.
In pilot study now proposed, we plan to randomly assign 60 opioid dependent patients to the new model, Depot-BNT, or to BNT plus oral naltrexone for a 6-month trial. This will provide initial clinical experience with the new Depot-BNT treatment model, while providing a rigorous test of whether Depot-BNT produces superior treatment outcome, compared to our best behavioral platform for oral naltrexone (BNT).
The following aims will be addressed:
Specific Aim #1: To test whether Depot-BNT increases retention in treatment and improves drug use outcome (urine-confirmed abstinent weeks) compared to our established model of BNT with oral naltrexone (BNT-Oral), and to explore whether Depot-BNT (vs BNT-Oral) improves key secondary outcomes including dysphoria, HIV risk behavior, and social functioning.
Specific Aim #2: To explore predictors of outcome on Depot-BNT, and mechanisms of attrition, in order to optimize Depot-BNT prior to further testing.
Drug: depot naltrexone
Drug: Oral Naltrexone
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Behavioral Naltrexone Therapy (BNT) for Promoting Adherence to Oral Naltrexone (BNT-oral) vs Extended Release Injectable Depot Naltrexone (Depot-BNT); a Randomized Trial|
- Opiate Abstinence self report and urine toxicology results [ Time Frame: over the course of 24 weeks or length of study participation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]based on self report and urine toxicology results
- treatment retention [ Time Frame: over the course of 24 weeks or length of study participation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]compliance with being retained in treatment protocol
|Study Start Date:||September 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Depot Naltrexone
Depot Naltrexone. Vivitrol (380 mg)given monthly
Drug: depot naltrexone
On the afternoon of Day 7, patients assigned to Depot-BNT receive an intramuscular injection of Vivitrol (380 mg) in one buttock. The patient spends the night of Day 7 in the hospital and is discharged on the morning of Day 8. Each injection contains 192 mg of naltrexone. The double dose (384 mg) is what was found to produce optimal blockade and outcome in preliminary work. During the subsequent 6-month course of outpatient treatment, patients are dosed with two injections (384 mg total) of depot naltrexone at monthly intervals (weeks 4, 8, 12, 16, 20).
Other Name: Vivitrol
Active Comparator: Oral Naltrexone
Oral Naltrexone. For patients assigned to BNT-Oral, administration is clinic-based for at least the first two weeks, and doses are 50mg, 100mg, or 150mg, depending on whether one, two or three days will elapse before the next visit (typically 100 mg on Monday and Wednesday and 150 mg on Friday).
Drug: Oral Naltrexone
For patients assigned to BNT-Oral, administration is clinic-based for at least the first two weeks, and doses are 50mg, 100mg, or 150mg, depending on whether one, two or three days will elapse before the next visit (typically 100 mg on Monday and Wednesday and 150 mg on Friday). The ultimate goal with BNT-Oral is for patients to take naltrexone (50 mg per day) on their own at home under supervision of their significant other/monitor.
The clinical trial now proposed will provide an initial test of the feasibility and efficacy of the newly adapted version of Behavioral Naltrexone Therapy for Depot Naltrexone (Depot-BNT). Treatment-seeking opiate-dependent patients will be admitted for inpatient detoxification and induction onto oral naltrexone. Those who are successfully inducted will be randomly assigned for a six month trial to one of two conditions: 1) Behavioral Naltrexone Therapy for Depot Naltrexone (Depot-BNT) (N = 30), with the first dose of depot naltrexone administered prior to discharge from hospital with monthly doses thereafter; or 2) Behavioral Naltrexone Therapy as previously developed for promoting compliance with daily oral naltrexone (BNT-Oral) (N = 30). All patients in both groups will be asked to attend twice weekly outpatient therapy sessions over a six month course. This design will provide a test of whether Depot-BNT produces superior treatment retention and drug use outcome in comparison to our established behavioral platform for oral naltrexone, while providing experience upon which to base revisions of Depot-BNT prior to embarking upon further Stage 2 testing. Treatment will take place at the same sites as for our prior studies: (1) the General Clinical Research Unit (GCRU) of New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and (2) the Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) of the Division on Substance Abuse at NYSPI.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00577408
|United States, New York|
|New York State Psychiatric Institute|
|New York, New York, United States, 10032|
|Study Director:||Edward Nunes, M.D.||Columbia University|
|Principal Investigator:||Maria Sullivan, M.D.||Columbia University|