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A Safety and Efficacy Study of SABER™-Bupivacaine for Pain Following Hernia Repair

This study has been completed.
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Durect Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2009
Last updated: April 25, 2012
Last verified: December 2009

This is a research study testing SABER™-Bupivacaine (an experimental pain-relieving medication). SABER™-Bupivacaine is designed to continuously deliver bupivacaine, a common local anesthetic, for a few days in order to treat local post-surgical pain. This study is testing SABER™-Bupivacaine in people having surgery to repair a hernia.

The purpose of the study is to measure and compare the safety (side effects), tolerability (ability to tolerate), and efficacy (how well it works) of two different volumes of SABER™-Bupivacaine with SABER™-Placebo.

Condition Intervention Phase
Postoperative Pain Hernia Surgery Drug: SABER™-Bupivacaine Drug: SABER™-Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Dose Response Study of SABER™-Bupivacaine Instilled Into the Wound in Patients Undergoing Open Inguinal Hernia Repair

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Further study details as provided by Durect:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain Intensity [ Time Frame: 0 to 3 days post-dose ]
  • Proportion of patients using supplemental opioids [ Time Frame: 0 to 14 days post-dose ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain Intensity [ Time Frame: 0 to 2 days post-dose ]
  • Treatment satisfaction [ Time Frame: 1 to 5 days post-dose ]
  • Supplemental opioid use [ Time Frame: 0 to 14 days post-dose ]
  • Mean function activities [ Time Frame: 1 to 5 days post-dose ]

Enrollment: 124
Study Start Date: January 2007
Study Completion Date: October 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Group 1: SABER™-Bupivacaine
2.5 mL SABER™-Bupivacaine /Once
Drug: SABER™-Bupivacaine
Injectable Extended Release Solution; 2.5 mL SABER™-Bupivacaine/Once
Experimental: Group 2: SABER™-Bupivacaine
5.0 mL SABER™-Bupivacaine /Once
Drug: SABER™-Bupivacaine
Injectable Extended Release Solution; 5.0 mL SABER™-Bupivacaine/Once
Placebo Comparator: Group 3: SABER™-Placebo
2.5 mL or 5.0 mL SABER™-Placebo/Once
Drug: SABER™-Placebo
Injectable Solution; 2.5 or 5.0 mL SABER™-Placebo/Once


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Males and females, 18 to 65 years of age, scheduled for hernia repair surgery
  • Patients must be in good health prior to study participation
  • Patients must have blood pressure within normal range or with Stage 1 high blood pressure
  • Male and female patients must agree to use medically acceptable method of contraception throughout the entire trial period and for 1 week after the trial is completed
  • Patients must refrain from strenuous activities and avoid changes to prescribed exercise levels throughout the course of the trial
  • Ability to read, understand, communicate, and voluntarily sign the informed consent form prior to any trial specific procedures

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with previous abdominal surgery scar tissue
  • Patients with clinically significant abnormalities of any body system unrelated to the disease under study
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Patients who are pregnant or lactating
  • Current or regular use of analgesic medication for other indications
  • Patients with current or regular use of antidepressants or monoamine oxidase inhibitors at screening
  • Use of any drugs or medication that may interfere with the study and its results
  • Patients with known hypersensitivity to the study drugs or their components
  • Patients with known or suspected alcohol abuse or illicit drug use
  • Participation in another clinical trial at the same time or within 30 days of this trial
  • Patient is unwilling to comply with the study procedures
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00974350

Australia, Queensland
Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 4870
Sunnybank, Queensland, Australia, 4109
Australia, South Australia
Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, 5606
Australia, Victoria
Ringwood East, Victoria, Australia, 3135
New Zealand
Hamilton, New Zealand
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Dmitri Lissin, MD Durect
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dmitri Lissin, MD, Sr. Director Clinical Research, Durect Corporation Identifier: NCT00974350     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CLIN803-006-0006
Study First Received: September 8, 2009
Last Updated: April 25, 2012

Keywords provided by Durect:
Post-operative pain
hernia surgery

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents processed this record on July 21, 2017