Safety Study for Patients With a History of Hepatic Encephalopathy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 30, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 3, 2011
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

Brief Summary:
This study will look at the safety of a drug used in patients who have had hepatic encephalopathy in the past.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hepatic Encephalopathy Drug: rifaximin Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 500 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Study Start Date : March 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2010

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Drug Information available for: Rifaximin
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Open-label safety arm
Drug: rifaximin

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of treatment-emergent AEs and SAEs [ Time Frame: Entire study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in laboratory values, vital signs, and HE parameters [ Time Frame: Entire study ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must sign an Informed Consent Form
  • In remission from past hepatic encephalopathy (HE).
  • Appropriate birth control measures
  • More than or equal to 18 years of age.
  • Must be potential for benefit from treatment.
  • Recent HE episodes
  • Capable and willing to comply with all study procedures.
  • Subject has support network.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant medical conditions or Investigator decision not to include.
  • Allergies to the study drug or similar drugs.
  • Laboratory abnormalities.
  • Recent participation in another clinical trial
  • Problems experienced in a previous HE trial.
  • Pregnant or at risk of pregnancy.
  • Recent alcohol consumption
  • Active or latent bacterial or viral Infections
  • Bowel issues
  • Recent Active Cancer
  • On a prohibited medication

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00686920

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Michelle Widmann, Salix Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT00686920     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RFHE3002
First Posted: May 30, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 3, 2011
Last Verified: February 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Liver Failure
Hepatic Insufficiency
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Brain Diseases, Metabolic
Metabolic Diseases
Anti-Infective Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action