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Safety and Tolerability of Buprenorphine/Naloxone Film Strips

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Indivior Inc. Identifier:
First received: March 14, 2008
Last updated: November 6, 2012
Last verified: October 2008
This study will evaluate the safety and tolerability on the oral mucosa of buprenorphine/naloxone film strips administered either sublingually or buccally daily for 12 weeks in opioid dependent individuals who are already on a stable regimen of buprenorphine/naloxone.

Condition Intervention Phase
Opioid-Related Disorders
Drug: Buprenorphine/naloxone Film Strip
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 2 Multi-Center Open-label Study to Assess the Safety and Tolerability of a Buprenorphine/Naloxone Film Strip Administered by the Sublingual and Buccal Routes

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Further study details as provided by Indivior Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Subjects With Treatment-emergent Adverse Events Associated With the Oral Cavity. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

    Safety and tolerability were evaluated during the 12-week Treatment Phase by oral cavity examination and assessment. Oral mucosa was graded as follows:

    Grade 0: Normal mucosa Grade 1: Localized mucosal erythema and/or irritation without ulceration Grade 2: Erythema and/or irritation and induration without ulceration Grade 3: Ulceration, with or without any other combination of signs

  • Number of Subjects With Mild, Moderate or Severe Treatment-emergent Adverse Events Associated With the Oral Cavity [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Safety and tolerability were evaluated during the 12-week Treatment Phase by oral cavity examination and assessment.

Enrollment: 382
Study Start Date: February 2008
Study Completion Date: October 2008
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Sublingual administration
Buprenorphine/naloxone film strip administered sublingually
Drug: Buprenorphine/naloxone Film Strip
Buprenorphine/naloxone dosed between 4/1 mg to 32/8 mg once a day for 12 weeks by sublingual route
Experimental: Buccal administration
Buprenorphine/naloxone film strip administered buccally
Drug: Buprenorphine/naloxone Film Strip
Buprenorphine/naloxone dosed between 4/1 mg to 32/8 mg once a day for 12 weeks by buccal route

Detailed Description:

Buprenorphine and naloxone soluble film was developed as an alternative dosage form to Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets and was evaluated for both sublingual and buccal administration. The soluble film dosage is expected to provide the following enhancements and potential advantages over the current Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) product:

  • mitigation against unintentional pediatric exposure by providing child-resistant packaging in unit dose format.
  • improvement in subject convenience and compliance by ensuring rapid disintegration.
  • protection against diversion by providing a dosage form that is very difficult for the subject to remove from the sublingual or buccal mucosa after administration. This provides assurance to the caregiver that the dose has actually been taken appropriately in a supervised setting.
  • provision of a unit dose product format for hospital and institutional use.
  • decreased product damage during shipping as compared to Suboxone tablets.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

Subjects must:

  • Be 18-to-65 years of age, inclusive.
  • Have a diagnosis of opioid dependence by medical history according to DSM-IV-TR criteria.
  • Be on stable dose of 4 to 32 mg (expressed as the buprenorphine component)daily of Suboxone for at least 30 days.
  • If female, have a negative pregnancy test during screening and agree to use an acceptable method of birth control which may include:

Exclusion Criteria:

Subjects must not:

  • Have participated in an experimental drug or device study within the last 30 days.
  • If female, be breast feeding or lactating.
  • Have any medical condition that in the opinion of the physician investigator would preclude the subject from completing the study.
  • Have a clinically significant abnormal finding (in the opinion of the Investigator) on oral cavity exam (e.g., active mouth ulcers).
  • Have any piercing of the tongue or mouth within 30 days prior to the first dose of study medication.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00640835

United States, Alabama
Parkway Medical Center
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35215
Winston Technology Research LLC
Haleyville, Alabama, United States, 35565
United States, Florida
Beeches Family Medicine
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, United States, 32250
Sponsors and Collaborators
Indivior Inc.
Principal Investigator: Donald R. Jasinski, MD Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Indivior Inc. Identifier: NCT00640835     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RB-US-07-0001
Study First Received: March 14, 2008
Results First Received: September 30, 2010
Last Updated: November 6, 2012

Keywords provided by Indivior Inc.:
Opioid dependence

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Opioid-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Buprenorphine, Naloxone Drug Combination
Analgesics, Opioid
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Narcotic Antagonists processed this record on May 23, 2017