MATER Study: A Study of Metronidazole Cream in the Prevention and Treatment of Tarceva (Erlotinib)-Associated Rash

This study has been completed.
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Hoffmann-La Roche Identifier:
First received: March 19, 2008
Last updated: December 1, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of metronidazole actavis 1% topical cream in the prevention and treatment of rash associated with Tarceva treatment, in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. The first cohort of patients enrolled in the study will be treated twice daily with metronidazole cream on the right side of the face and upper thorax, the same day as they start treatment with Tarceva (150mg po daily). The corresponding body parts on the left side are treated according to local standard procedures (ie with non-active moisturising cream). The second cohort of Tarceva-treated patients will only receive twice daily treatment with metronidazole cream if and when they develop rash.In both cohorts, efficacy will be evaluated at week 2 and week 4. The anticipated time on metronidazole treatment is <3 months, and the target sample size is <100 individuals.

Condition Intervention Phase
Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Drug: erlotinib [Tarceva]
Drug: metronidazole actavis 1% topical cream
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: MATER An Open Label Study to Assess the Effect of Metronidazole Actavis 1% Topical Cream in the Prevention and Treatment of Tarceva-associated Rash in Patients With Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Frequency and intensity of Tarceva-associated rash (CTC AE v3.0) [ Time Frame: At baseline, and after 2 and 4 weeks of metronidazole treatment (prevention cohort); at baseline, at appearance of rash, and after 2 and 4 weeks of metronidazole treatment (treatment cohort). ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adverse events [ Time Frame: Throughout study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 34
Study Start Date: February 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2009
Primary Completion Date: March 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Drug: erlotinib [Tarceva]
150mg po daily
Drug: metronidazole actavis 1% topical cream
Twice daily for 4 weeks


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adult patients, >=18 years of age;
  • non-small cell lung cancer;
  • eligible to start treatment with Tarceva.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • hypersensitivity to metronidazole.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00642473

Goeteborg, Sweden, 41345
Lund, Sweden, 22185
Malmoe, Sweden, 20502
Stockholm, Sweden, S-14186
Umea, Sweden, S-901 85
Vaxjo, Sweden, 35185
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoffmann-La Roche
Study Director: Clinical Trials Hoffmann-La Roche
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Hoffmann-La Roche Identifier: NCT00642473     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ML21308  2007-002895-32 
Study First Received: March 19, 2008
Last Updated: December 1, 2015
Health Authority: Sweden: Central Ethics Committee, Stockholm

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Bronchial Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Lung Diseases
Lung Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Anti-Infective Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Antiprotozoal Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Radiation-Sensitizing Agents
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on February 04, 2016