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VX-950-TiDP24-C133 - A Phase I Study Investigating the Interaction Between Telaprevir and Escitalopram

This study has been completed.
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Tibotec BVBA Identifier:
First received: July 2, 2009
Last updated: December 16, 2010
Last verified: December 2010
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of steady-state telaprevir (TVR) 750 mg q8h (3 times a day, every 8 hours) on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of escitalopram 10 mg q.d. (once a day), and vice versa. Steady state is a term which means that the drug has been given long enough so that the plasma concentrations will remain the same with each subsequent dose. TVR is being investigated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Pharmacokinetics (pk) means how the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, distributed in the body and eliminated from the body.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatitis C
Drug: Telaprevir; Escitalopram
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I, Open-label, Randomized, Crossover Trial in 16 Healthy Subjects to Investigate the Potential Pharmacokinetic Interaction Between Telaprevir and Escitalopram at Steady-state

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To investigate the effect at steady-state of TVR 750 mg q8h on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of escitalopram 10 mg q.d. in healthy participants and vica versa. [ Time Frame: pk profiles of TVR will be measured up to 8 hours after intake of the morning dose on Day 7 and 14 of Treatment B. Pharmacokinetic profiles of escitalopram will be measured up to 24 hours postdose on Day 7of Treatment A and Day 14 of Treatment B. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The short-term safety and tolerability of coadministration of TVR and escitalopram in healthy participants [ Time Frame: This will be determined throughout the study; at all study visits ]

Enrollment: 16
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: November 2009
Primary Completion Date: November 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
Telaprevir is being investigated for treatment of chronic HCV infection, in combination with Peg-IFN (pegylated interferon) and RBV (ribavirin). Peg-IFN plus RBV are currently an accepted methode for treating HCV. Treatment with Peg-IFN plus RBV for HCV infection is associated with a high rate of depression. The results of this study will provide dosing recommendations for coadministration of Telaprevir (TVR) and escitalopram in HCV-infected patients. This is a Phase I, open-label (both participant and investigator know the name of the medication), randomized (study medication assigned by chance), crossover trial in 16 healthy participants to investigate the pharmacokinetic interaction between escitalopram and TVR, both at steady state. Steady state is a term which means that the drug has been given long enough so that the plasma concentrations will remain the same with each subsequent dose. The participants will receive two treatments (treatment A-B or treatment B-A) in a randomized order. In Treatment A, participants will receive escitalopram 10 mg once daily (q.d.) for 7 days. In Treatment B, participants will receive TVR 750 mg every 8 hours (q8h) for 14 days, with coadministration of escitalopram 10 mg q.d. from Day 8 to Day 14. There will be a washout period (a period where no treatment will be taken in view of having all the medication eliminated from the body before starting a new treatment) of at least 14 days between last intake of study medication in one session and first intake of study medication in the subsequent session. All study medication will be taken with food. Escitalopram will be taken once daily in the morning. During coadministration of TVR and escitalopram, the first dose of TVR should be taken together with escitalopram in the morning. Pharmacokinetic profiles of the two compounds will be measured through blood samples taken at regular intervals during the study and safety and tolerability will be assessed during the study period and in follow-up. Safety and tolerability evaluations will be recorded at regular intervals throughout the trial period. Blood and urine samples, electrocardiogram (ECG) and vital signs (blood pressure and hart rate) will be taken at screening, before medication intake on days 1 and 7 in each session and on day 14 in treatment B and at the 2 follow up visits at 5-7 and 30-32 days after last dose of drug in the last session. A physical examination will be performed at screening, on day before first medication intake in each session and during the 2 follow up visits. Participants in Treatment A will receive oral escitalopram 10 mg once daily for 7 days and in Treatment B participants will receive TVR 750 mg q8h from Day 1 to Day 14, with coadministration of escitalopram 10 mg q.d. from Day 8 to Day 14.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Females should be post-menopausal for at least 2 years (amenorrheal for at least 3 years), or have undergone tubal ligation (or other permanent birth control methods), or hysterectomy (total), or oophorectomy (bilateral), and should not be breastfeeding
  • Nonsmoking or smoking no more than 10 cigarettes, or 2 cigars, or 2 pipes per day for at least 3 months before study screening
  • Body mass index (BMI, weight in kg divided by the square of height in meters) of 18 to 30 kg/m2, extremes included, at study screening
  • normal 12-lead ECG at screening
  • Healthy on the basis of a physical examination, medical history, vital signs, and the results of blood chemistry, hematological and coagulation tests and urinalysis carried out at screening

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants should stop any short-duration courses of prescription medication at least 14 days before first intake of study medication, potential participants should not stop any chronic, prescribed medication being taken at the direction of a physician, without obtaining agreement from that physician
  • Participants should stop over-the-counter medications on the date of the screening visit but no less than 7 days prior to the first administration of study medication, potential participants should not stop any chronic, over-the-counter medication being taken at the direction of a physician, without obtaining agreement from that physician
  • Consumption of more than 2 units of alcoholic beverages per day or more than 14 units per week (1 unit of alcohol equals 1 glass [285 mL] of beer, 1 glass [125 mL] of wine, 25 mL shot of 40% spirit) from 14 days before the first intake of study medication until completion of the pharmacokinetic sampling in the last treatment session
  • Participants may not consume any alcohol 72 hours before or after study drug administration
  • Positive test for any of the following infectious disease tests: hepatitis A infection (confirmed by hepatitis A antibody IgM), hepatitis B antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis C virus antibody (HCVAb), human immunodeficiency virus 1 antibody (HIV1Ab), or human immunodeficiency virus 2 antibody (HIV2Ab)
  • Male participants with female partners that are planning to become pregnant during the study or within 90 days of the last dose of study medication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00933894

Sponsors and Collaborators
Tibotec BVBA
Study Director: Tibotec-Virco Virology BVBA Clinical Trial Tibotec BVBA
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Responsible Party: Compound Development Team Leader, Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, Ireland Identifier: NCT00933894     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR016303
Study First Received: July 2, 2009
Last Updated: December 16, 2010

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Flaviviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Serotonin Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Antiparkinson Agents
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Muscarinic Antagonists
Cholinergic Antagonists
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