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Effect of Ezetimibe Plus Simvastatin on Flow-Mediated Brachial Artery Vasoactivity in Subjects With Primary Hypercholesterolemia (Study P03336)

This study has been terminated.
(Slow enrollment)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier:
First received: March 31, 2008
Last updated: April 15, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of ezetimibe coadministered with simvastatin compared with simvastatin alone when administered for 12 weeks on endothelial function as assessed by brachial artery reactivity testing (BART) using high-frequency ultrasound to image the brachial artery vasomotor response to a flow-mediated stimulus (high-shear stress) in subjects with high cholesterol. The secondary objectives include evaluation of nitroglycerin-induced vasodilation. In addition, lipid parameters (low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol [LDL-C], high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol [HDL-C], triglycerides [TG], total cholesterol [TC]) and C reactive protein (CRP) will be assessed by treatment group.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Ezetimibe + Simvastatin
Drug: Simvastatin
Drug: Placebo
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of the Effect of Ezetimibe Plus Simvastatin Compared With Simvastatin Alone on Flow-Mediated Brachial Artery Vasoactivity in Subjects With Primary Hypercholesterolemia (The EFFECTS Trial)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline to endpoint in flow-mediated vasodilation: percent change in the mean diameter between 1-minute, post-cuff release diameter and image obtained prior to cuff application. [ Time Frame: Week 12 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline to endpoint in NTG-induced vasodilation: percent change in the diameter between the post-NTG and pre-NTG diameters. [ Time Frame: Week 12 ]
  • Changes from baseline to endpoint in LDL-C, HDL-C, TG, TC, and CRP. [ Time Frame: Week 12 ]

Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: October 2003
Study Completion Date: September 2004
Primary Completion Date: September 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Ezetimibe + Simvastatin Drug: Ezetimibe + Simvastatin
oral tablet of ezetimibe 10 mg plus simvastatin 20 mg once daily in the evening for 12 weeks
Other Name: SCH 58235
Active Comparator: Simvastatin Drug: Simvastatin
oral simvastatin 20 mg once daily in the evening for 12 weeks
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo
oral placebo once daily in the evening for 12 weeks


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults (18 years old and older) with primary hypercholesterolemia with a plasma LDL-C >=145 mg/dL and <=250 mg/dL, and plasma TG <=350 mg/dL after adequate drug washout.
  • Postmenopausal women who are receiving postmenopausal hormonal therapy or raloxifene must be maintained on a stable hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or raloxifene regimen for at least 6 weeks prior to study entry and throughout the study period.
  • All subjects must agree to refrain from drinking alcohol or caffeine containing beverages for 12 hours prior to each study visit at which a BART assessment is performed; be minimally active (eg, avoid excessive physical activity) for 12 hours prior to each study visit at which a BART assessment is performed; and be willing to observe the NCEP Step I diet, participate in the study, and complete all study-related procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy or any other situation, condition, or illness that, in the opinion of the investigator, may interfere with optimal participation in the study
  • Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, underlying disease likely to limit life span to less than one year, or known hypersensitivity or any contraindication to simvastatin, ezetimibe, or nitroglycerin
  • Existing hypercholesterolemia for which withholding approved lipid-lowering therapy for the duration of the study would be inappropriate
  • The following concomitant illnesses: congestive heart failure NYHA Class III or IV; obstructive cardiomyopathy; uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias; severe aortic stenosis; upper severe aortic stenosis; MI, CABG, or angioplasty within 6 months of study entry; uncontrolled hypertension; unstable or severe peripheral artery disease within 3 months of study entry; unstable angina pectoris; disorders of the hematologic, digestive or central nervous systems including cerebrovascular disease and degenerative disease that would limit study evaluation or participation; uncontrolled or newly diagnosed (within one month of study entry) diabetes mellitus; uncontrolled endocrine or metabolic disease known to influence serum lipids or lipoproteins (clinically euthyroid subjects on stable replacement doses of thyroid hormone are eligible for enrollment); known impairment of renal function (plasma creatinine >2.0 mg/dL), dysproteinemia, nephrotic syndrome or other renal disease (24-hour urinary protein 3+ or 1 gram); hepatobiliary or hepatic disease (subjects with AST or ALT >2 times the upper limit of reference range will be excluded); HIV positive; and known coagulopathy.
  • Use of certain drugs, foods, or other agents known to alter lipid levels or to cause interactions with either ezetimibe or simvastatin
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Responsible Party: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier: NCT00651391     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P03336
Study First Received: March 31, 2008
Last Updated: April 15, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Lipid Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Ezetimibe, Simvastatin Drug Combination
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
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