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Induction Related BK Viremia in Renal Transplant Patients (BK)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 8, 2008
Last Update Posted : September 27, 2011
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Florida

Brief Summary:
The increase immunosuppression in our transplant population has led to an unacceptable rate of patients at risk for BK virus nephropathy. Reducing induction immunosuppression by switching from Thymoglobulin to Simulect will reduce the incidence of serum positivity for BK by PCR.

Condition or disease
Disease Due to BK Polyomavirus Transplantation Infection Disorder Related to Transplantation

Detailed Description:

Our standard of care has been changed from Thymoglobulin to Simulect and now patients were enrolled in this observational trial to gather data on their outcomes related to BK viremia and rejection rates. Two groups of patients were compared.

Retrospective (historical or control) group of subjects: patients who had received a kidney transplant and were inducted with Thymoglobulin prior to study initiation.

Prospective group of subjects: patients who is scheduled to receive kidney transplant and will be inducted with Simulect (Basiliximab).

Inductions in both groups was/is Standard of Care at a time of treatment.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 60 participants
Observational Model: Case Control
Official Title: The Induction Agent Effect on BK Viremia in Renal and Pancreas Transplant Patients
Study Start Date : October 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2009

Basiliximab (Simulect) Induction
Prospective group: patients are scheduled to receive a kidney transplant; and will receive Simulect®, Myfortic® and Prograf® with or without steroids according to routine care (Standard of Care).
Thymoglobulin Induction
Retrospective (historical or control) group: patients have already received a kidney transplant and were treated with Thymoglobulin®, Myfortic®, and Prograf® with or without steroids. This treatment was Standard of Care at a time of transplant.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. BK Virus Viremia titer, >400 copies by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) [ Time Frame: One year ]
    BKVV (BK Visus Viremia) titer is measured by PCR at 1, 3,6,9 and 12 month time points.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of Acute Rejection of Transplanted Kidney [ Time Frame: One year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
de novo renal or renal/pancrease transplant patients

Inclusion Criteria:

  • De novo transplant
  • Aged 18-75

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Serious medical condition which, in the opinion of the Principal Investigator, might interfere with the subject's ability to successfully complete the protocol.
  • Any medical condition which, in the opinion of the Principal Investigator, might compromise the safety of the subject in participating in the protocol

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00610961

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United States, Florida
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32610
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Florida
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
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Principal Investigator: Herwig-Ulf Meier-Kriesche, MD University of Florida

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Responsible Party: University of Florida Identifier: NCT00610961     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20071016
First Posted: February 8, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 27, 2011
Last Verified: September 2011
Keywords provided by University of Florida:
BK Polyomavirus
Transplantation, Kidney
Transplantation, Pancreas
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Virus Diseases
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Immunosuppressive Agents