SHO-SAIKO-TO for Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C: A Phase II Study
Researchers want to see whether Sho-saiko-to (SST) can help in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C may cause swelling within the liver and this can lead to scar tissue. In some patients, severe scarring of the liver, liver failure and liver cancer can occur. Standard treatment for chronic hepatitis C is a drug called interferon with or without another drug called ribavirin. There are a number of side effects that some patients are unable to take. Other patients may have an initial response, but then the virus and the inflammation come back.
Sho-saiko-to is an herbal medicine that has been used for many years in Asia to treat liver disease. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether Sho-saiko-to may improve liver swelling and injury caused by chronic hepatitis C.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||SHO-SAIKO-TO for Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Who Are Intolerant to or Have Contraindication to Interferon-Based Therapy: A Phase II Study|
- To Determine the Effects of Sho-saiko-to on Hepatic Injury in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Who Are Intolerant or Have a Specific Contraindication to Interferon-based Therapy. [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]Response is determined by improvement of 2 points or greater as per Knodell's histology activity index (HAI) scores in paired comparisons of pre and post liver biopsy
|Study Start Date:||October 2002|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
All patients will receive treatment with 2.5grams of SST as granules in packet form by mouth three times a day every day for 52 weeks unless occurrence of unacceptable adverse events or patient withdrawal.
All patients will receive treatment with 2.5grams of SST as granules in packet form by mouth three times a day every day for 52 weeks unless occurrence of unacceptable adverse events or patient withdrawal. Patients will be seen for clinical follow-up at three month intervals: at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months, and assessed for compliance and asked about side effects and pulmonary symptoms. At each clinic visit, a comprehensive metabolic profile will be performed. At the 6-month clinic visit, a CBC will be performed. At the 12-month clinic visit, quantitative HCV-RNA by PCR will be obtained (Viromed Labs, Inc., 6101 Blue Circle Drive, Minneapolis, MN 5534). Within 4 weeks after the 12-month clinic visit (after 52 weeks of SST therapy), the second liver biopsy will be scheduled and performed.
Other Name: sst
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00590564
|United States, New York|
|Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|
|New York, New York, United States, 10065|
|Principal Investigator:||Gary Deng, MD, PhD||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|