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Safety and Efficacy Study of DSC127 in Treating Subjects With Diabetic Ulcers

This study has been completed.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Derma Sciences, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
US Biotest, Inc. Identifier:
First received: November 20, 2008
Last updated: August 27, 2012
Last verified: August 2012
The purpose of this study is to assess if the experimental drug, DSC127, is safe, how well it can be tolerated, and how different doses effect the healing of the chronic foot ulcers in diabetic subjects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Foot Ulcer, Diabetic
Diabetic Foot
Drug: NorLeu3-A(1-7) in a gel formulation
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized, Parallel-Group, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase 2 Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of DSC127 in Treating Subjects With Diabetic Ulcers

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Further study details as provided by US Biotest, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The Primary Efficacy Parameter Will be the Proportion of Ulcers Healed by 12 Weeks as Defined as 100 % Epithelialized With no Drainage. [ Time Frame: Healing to occur within 12 weeks of first treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The Proportion of Subjects in Each Treatment Group Reporting Adverse Events. [ Time Frame: Duration of subject's participation (24 weeks) ]
  • The Rate of Re-epithelialization of the Ulcer Site. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    The overall healing rate of the ulcers, based on the percent of unhealed ulcer area re-epithelialized per week.

  • The Time to Re-epithelialization of the Ulcer Site. [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
    Average time to complete re-epithelialization of baseline ulcer area.

Enrollment: 78
Study Start Date: October 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Vehicle Control
control placebo vehicle gel
Drug: NorLeu3-A(1-7) in a gel formulation
Gel will be applied to the wound once daily for four weeks (treatment period). Gel will have either no active ingredient (placebo), 0.03% or 0.01% active ingredient.
Other Names:
  • NorLeu3-Angiotensin(1-7)
  • DSC127
Active Comparator: 0.03% DSC127
0.03 % DSC127 in Vehicle Control
Drug: NorLeu3-A(1-7) in a gel formulation
Gel will be applied to the wound once daily for four weeks (treatment period). Gel will have either no active ingredient (placebo), 0.03% or 0.01% active ingredient.
Other Names:
  • NorLeu3-Angiotensin(1-7)
  • DSC127
Active Comparator: 0.01% DSC127
0.01% DSC127 in Vehicle Control
Drug: NorLeu3-A(1-7) in a gel formulation
Gel will be applied to the wound once daily for four weeks (treatment period). Gel will have either no active ingredient (placebo), 0.03% or 0.01% active ingredient.
Other Names:
  • NorLeu3-Angiotensin(1-7)
  • DSC127

Detailed Description:

This study is designed as a randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. After a 14-day baseline to evaluate ulcer healing to ensure DU are chronic, a 4-week active treatment followed by 8 weeks of observation and assessment of the treatment will compare the effects of two concentrations of DSC127 and placebo (n = 25 evaluable subjects per group; n=75 total evaluable subjects) to identify the optimal dose of DSC127. Sustained tissue integrity will be evaluated for all subjects during a follow-up period at study weeks 16 and 24.

Subjects will be randomized in a 1:1:1 ratio to one of the three treatment groups.

Group 1: Placebo Vehicle Control Group 2: 0.03% DSC127 in Vehicle Group 3: 0.01% DSC127 in Vehicle

The four week treatment period requires daily application of the treatment to the wound site. First application each week will be at the clinic and for the remainder of the week the patient self-administers the treatment.

If wound healing occurs during the treatment or assessment periods a final assessment visit is conducted and the integrity is assessed four and twelve weeks later (usually weeks 16 and 24 of the study).


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Have at least one chronic non-healing Wagner Grade 1 or Grade 2 plantar neuropathic diabetic ulcer between 1.0-6.0 cm2 on the midfoot or forefoot, including the toes but excluding the heel.
  • ABI greater than 0.7 for neuroischemic or greater than 0.8 for neuropathic DU
  • TcPO2 greater than 40 mm Hg or great toe systolic pressure greater than 50 mmHg
  • Type I or Type II diabetes under metabolic control
  • Female subjects must have a negative pregnancy test and be willing to use acceptable method of birth control for the duration of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exposure to any investigational product within the last 30 days, or have known hypersensitivity to any of the study medication components
  • Chronic renal insufficiency and/or chronic liver dysfunction
  • Resting blood pressure (at the time of the initial visit of the Screening Period) which exceeds 160 systolic and/or 90 diastolic mmHg on 3 consecutive readings at least 15 minutes apart
  • Malignancy of any kind
  • Receiving hemodialysis or CAPD
  • Current history of drug abuse, and/or known to be HIV positive
  • Prior radiation therapy of the foot under study
  • Current use of corticosteroids (within past 8 weeks), immunosuppressants (within past 8 weeks), or use of a biologic agent to include growth factors and skin equivalents (Regranex, Apligraft, or Dermagraft) in the past 90 days
  • Ulcer is deemed clinically infected and requires topical antimicrobials or agents known to affect wound healing, or the subject has been taking systemic antibiotics for more than 7 days for any reason
  • Sickle-cell anemia, Raynaud's or other peripheral vascular disease
  • Wagner Grade 3 or higher DU, deep abscess or infection of the joint or tendon, or gangrene or osteomyelitis
  • An EKG with a marked baseline prolongation of QT/QTc interval
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00796744

United States, Arizona
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85723
Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724
United States, California
Bay Area Footcare
Castro Valley, California, United States, 94546
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California, United States, 92103-8896
Olive View - UCLA Medical Center
Sylmar, California, United States, 91342-1438
United States, Illinois
Passavant Area Hospital
Jacksonville, Illinois, United States, 62650
United States, Maryland
Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown, Maryland, United States, 20007
United States, Massachusetts
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
United States, North Carolina
Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists
Greenville, North Carolina, United States, 27834
United States, Pennsylvania
Warren General Hospital Wound Clinic
Warren, Pennsylvania, United States, 16365
United States, Texas
Renaissance Hospital Dallas
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75224
United States, Virginia
Professional Education and Research Institute
Roanoke, Virginia, United States, 24016
Sponsors and Collaborators
US Biotest, Inc.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Derma Sciences, Inc.
Study Director: Gere diZerega, MD US Biotest, Inc.
  More Information

Responsible Party: US Biotest, Inc. Identifier: NCT00796744     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DSC127-2008-01
Study First Received: November 20, 2008
Results First Received: June 14, 2012
Last Updated: August 27, 2012

Keywords provided by US Biotest, Inc.:
Diabetes mellitus
Diabetic neuropathy
Peripheral vascular disease
Topical application
plantar foot ulcers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetic Foot
Foot Ulcer
Pathologic Processes
Diabetic Angiopathies
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Leg Ulcer
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases
Diabetes Complications
Diabetes Mellitus
Endocrine System Diseases
Diabetic Neuropathies
Foot Diseases
Angiotensin I (1-7)
Antihypertensive Agents
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