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Effects of Fenofibrate on Metabolic and Reproductive Parameters in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

This study has been terminated.
(Poor recruitment)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tisha Joy, Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier:
First received: April 20, 2009
Last updated: April 1, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
This is a prospective randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial of 6 months' duration evaluating the effect of fenofibrate (200 mg/day) in females with polycystic ovary syndrome and mild hypertriglyceridemia. The investigators primary objective will be to determine whether fenofibrate will reduce hepatic adiposity as measured using MRI, and our secondary outcomes will be to delineate the impact of fenofibrate on biochemical or clinical parameters for insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive status.

Condition Intervention
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Drug: Fenofibrate Other: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Fenofibrate on Metabolic and Reproductive Parameters in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Tisha Joy, Lawson Health Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hepatic adiposity as assessed using MRI [ Time Frame: 6-months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Body composition using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), anthropometry (skin-fold thickness measurement), and MRI [ Time Frame: 6-months ]
  • Insulin resistance using HOMA-IR [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Biochemical parameters related to insulin resistance (adipocytokines, free fatty acids, 25-hydroxyvitamin D) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Traditional and non-traditional cardiovascular risk factors (lipids, apolipoproteins, fibrinogen, PAI-1, CRP) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Reproductive parameters (androgens, hirsutism) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 4
Study Start Date: December 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
fenofibrate 200mg/daily for 6 months
Drug: Fenofibrate
fenofibrate 200 mg daily for 6-months
Placebo Comparator: 2
Placebo match for 6 months
Other: Placebo
Placebo match for 6 months


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • premenopausal women ≥ 18 years
  • diagnosis of PCOS based on the recent 2006 Androgen Excess Society criteria (modified from Rotterdam 2003)
  • waist circumference >88 cm
  • fasting TG 2.0 - 5.0 mmol/L
  • stable on any type of oral contraceptive for a minimum of 3-months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known contraindications for MRI
  • pregnancy, lactation, desire to become pregnant
  • participation in another clinical trial
  • fasting TF level ≥ 5.0 mmol/L
  • AST or ALT > 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • creatinine kinase (CK) > 6x ULN
  • creatinine > 115 μmol/L
  • fasting glucose ≥ 7.0 mmol/L and/or 2h glucose post oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) ≥ 11.1 mmol/L or personal history of DM2
  • personal history of renal disease, liver disease (except NAFLD), or heart disease
  • body mass index (BMI) < 18 or > 40 kg/m²
  • increased alcohol use (>9 standard drinks per week [standard drink = 12oz beer, 5oz wine, or 1.5oz spirits]) or drug use
  • use of other hormonal contraception, growth hormone, glucocorticoids, anti-diabetic/anti-dyslipidemia medications, or anabolic steroids.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00884819

Canada, Ontario
St. Joseph's Health Care
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 4L6
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lawson Health Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Tisha Joy, MD FRCPC St. Joseph's Health Care, Department of Medicine
  More Information

Responsible Party: Tisha Joy, Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier: NCT00884819     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R-08-573
15581 ( Other Identifier: UWO Ethics )
Study First Received: April 20, 2009
Last Updated: April 1, 2015

Keywords provided by Tisha Joy, Lawson Health Research Institute:
polycystic ovary syndrome
hepatic adiposity
cardiovascular disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Gonadal Disorders
Endocrine System Diseases
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents processed this record on September 21, 2017