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Efficacy and Safety of Tapentadol Extended Release Tablets in the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Pain in Subjects With Knee Osteoarthritis

This study has been completed.
Grünenthal GmbH
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Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. Identifier:
First received: August 29, 2008
Last updated: May 17, 2011
Last verified: April 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine a low and high dose of tapentadol extended release tablet taken orally twice a day to reduce pain in subjects suffering from chronic moderate to severe pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee during a 4-week period. Subjects steadily increased their dose up to the low (100 mg) or high (200 mg) dose. Pain relief was compared to subjects taking placebo tablets or oxycodone extended release tablet, 20 mg. The serum concentrations and safety of tapentadol and oxycodone were also examined.

Condition Intervention Phase
Osteoarthitis Chronic Pain Knee Pain Drug: tapentadol HCl Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: 4-Week Randomized Multicenter DB, Placebo- and Active-controlled, Parallel-group, Forced-titration Phase 2B Study of Efficacy and Safety With CG5503 Prolonged Release (PR) to 233 mg BID and Oxycodone PR to 20 mg BID vs Placebo in Subjects With Moderate to Severe Chronic Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Average pain intensity over the preceding 24 hours evaluated at the last timepoint or 29 days using a visual scale.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index at the last timepoint or 29 days

Enrollment: 670
Study Start Date: July 2004
Study Completion Date: August 2005
Detailed Description:

Arthritis is the most common chronic debilitating disease in the United States (more than 43 million people or 1 in 6). Osteoarthritis of the knee is a very common and a major cause of disability. Pharmacological treatment includes the following analgesics: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cyclo-oxygenase II (COX-II) inhibitors, acetaminophen and opioids. Despite the numerous available analgesic medications, 60% to 80% of patients suffering from chronic pain are currently treated inadequately. Opioid analgesics have been shown to be efficacious in chronic non-malignant pain and can be an important therapeutic asset. The study was a 4-week randomized multicenter double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled, parallel-group, forced-titration phase 2B study of efficacy and safety with tapentadol extended release (ER) to 233 mg BID and oxycodone PR to 20 mg BID vs placebo in subjects with moderate to severe chronic pain of knee osteoarthritis. Primary efficacy outcome was the average pain intensity 24 hours before the last evaluation time or 29 days. Safety was evaluated by reporting of adverse events, laboratory tests, vital sign measures, ECGs. This study hypothesis was that tapentadol extended release was effective in relieving chronic moderate to severe pain from knee osteoarthritis compared to treatment with placebo using 2 dosing regimens for tapentadol.

tapentadol extended release white, fim-coated tablet taken orally twice a day during a 4-week period at a dose that steadily increased up to 100 mg or 200 mg; placebo tablets; or oxycodone extended release tablet, 20 mg.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with a clinical diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee based symptoms and/or radiographic criteria present for at least 3 months
  • Moderate to severe chronic pain due to knee osteoarithritis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previously opioid treated subject who had a history of withdrawal after cessation of the opioid
  • History of seizure disorder, psychiatric disease and history of head trauma requiring evaluation by hospital based staff, or unconsciousness of unknown origin. Subjects who, in the investigator's judgment, have well-controlled depression or anxiety disorder may participate
  • Subjects with history of uncontrolled hypertension (systolic blood pressure > 160 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure > 95 mmHg)
  • Intake of tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, barbiturates, neuroleptics, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and antiparkinsonian drugs within the 30 days prior to the screening visit
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00745069

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Grünenthal GmbH
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00745069     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR004183
Study First Received: August 29, 2008
Last Updated: May 17, 2011

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
Chronic pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Pain
Osteoarthritis, Knee
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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