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Apitox, Honeybee Venom Treatment for Osteoarthritis Pain and Inflammation (HBV)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Apimeds, Inc. Identifier:
First received: July 28, 2009
Last updated: May 4, 2010
Last verified: May 2010
The study will evaluate Apitox, pure honeybee venom as a treatment for pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Condition Intervention Phase
Osteoarthritis of the Knee Drug: honeybee venom (Apitoxin (Korea) Apitox (USA)) Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Multi-Center, Randomized, Double Blind, Active-Controlled, Parallel Group Clinical Study to Evaluate the Dose Effect of Intradermal Injections of Apitox vs. Histamine in Subjects With Osteoarthritis Symptoms of the Knee

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Further study details as provided by Apimeds, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • WOMAC [ Time Frame: 14 days ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: April 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: histamine
histamine in saline administered ID as active control for Apitox
Drug: honeybee venom (Apitoxin (Korea) Apitox (USA))
multiple intradermal injections of 100 ug pure honeybee venom
Other Name: Apitoxin (Korea) Apitox (USA)
Experimental: Apitox pure honeybee venom
ID study drug
Drug: honeybee venom (Apitoxin (Korea) Apitox (USA))
multiple intradermal injections of 100 ug pure honeybee venom
Other Name: Apitoxin (Korea) Apitox (USA)


Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • osteoarthritis of one or both knees
  • on stable NSAID or none due to intolerance
  • women either post menopausal or on stable birth control
  • no clinically significant disease or or abnormal laboratory values
  • signed informed consent, communicate effectively, understand and comply with all study requirements

Exclusion Criteria:

  • serious or unstable medical or psychological condition
  • known sensitivity to honeybee venom, histamine or lidocaine
  • history of asthma
  • any clinically significant ECG abnormalities
  • any clinically significant laboratory values OOR
  • history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • history of joint injury and forms of inflammatory arthritis
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00949754

United States, Florida
Radiant Research Inc.
Pinellas Park, Florida, United States, 33781
United States, Illinois
Radiant Research - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60657
United States, Ohio
Radiant Research - Columbus
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43212
United States, Texas
Radiant Research - San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78217
Sponsors and Collaborators
Apimeds, Inc.
Study Chair: Christopher MH Kim, M.D. Apimeds, CEO
Study Director: Robert Brooks, PhD Apimeds, Inc, US Chief Operating Officer
  More Information

Responsible Party: Robert Brooks PhD, Chief Operating Officer US, Apimeds, Inc. Identifier: NCT00949754     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: API092
Study First Received: July 28, 2009
Last Updated: May 4, 2010

Keywords provided by Apimeds, Inc.:
honeybee venom

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Osteoarthritis, Knee
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Histamine phosphate
Histamine Agonists
Histamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
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