Evaluation of the Tolerance and Acceptability of Rasagiline in the Treatment of Early-stage Parkinson's Disease (ACTOR)

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H. Lundbeck A/S
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First received: January 12, 2010
Last updated: May 25, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

Title: Evaluation of the tolerance and acceptability of Rasagiline in the treatment of early-stage Parkinson's disease.

Type of study: Phase IV

Study objectives:

Principal objective:

To evaluate the tolerance and acceptability of Rasagiline versus Pramipexole (dopamine agonist).

Secondary objectives: To evaluate the clinical benefits of Rasagiline administered as a monotherapy in patients presenting with early-stage Parkinson's disease.

Study design:

Multicentre comparative randomised parallel-group double-blind study, with a total duration of fifteen weeks (three weeks of dose titration and twelve weeks of follow-up), comprising four evaluations (D0, W3, W9, W15).

Number of patients:

240 patients (i.e. 120 in each group) presenting with early stage idiopathic Parkinson's disease.

Number of centres:

70 neurologists distributed throughout three French regions

Treatment studied: Rasagiline Presentation: 1 mg tablets Dosage : 1 mg/day in a single dose, in the morning at breakfast-time.

Comparator: Pramipexole Presentation: 0.125 mg, 0.25 mg and 1 mg pramipexole dihydrochloride monohydrate tablets (corresponding respectively to 0.088 mg, 0.18 mg and 0.7 mg of pramipexole)

Dose-titration: As specified in the SPC for pramipexole, the product will be administered in three daily doses, preferably with meals, and the treatment will begin with a dose-titration phase of three weeks' duration, during which time the dosage will be gradually increased.

On completion of the dose-titration phase, the minimum therapeutic dose of 1.5 mg per day must be achieved by all the patients. The patients who cannot achieve this dosage will be withdrawn from the study. The reason for stopping dose-titration (and leaving the study) will be detailed in the CRF.


The effective dosage of pramipexole should be adapted to the individual, depending on clinical response and tolerance, in successive stages of 0.75 mg at one-week intervals, without exceeding the maximum dose of 3 mg per day.

Treatment prohibited during the study :

Pethidine, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, dextromethorphan, or any other MAOI, sympathomimetics (including nasal and oral decongestants containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine), anti-H2s (cimetidine, ranitidine).

Principal evaluation criterion :

The principal criterion of evaluation is the percentage of patients who have presented with at least one " significant " adverse event during follow-up.

A significant adverse event is defined as :

  • a severe adverse event (SAE)
  • an adverse event which in the opinion of the investigator requires suspension of the treatment or reduction in dosage
  • an adverse event considered as severe or moderate by the patient (AEs of which the intensity has not been evaluated will be considered as moderate to severe)

Secondary evaluation criteria:

  • analysis of adverse events in the total population
  • analysis of adverse events by degree of severity
  • analysis of adverse events in subject over 65
  • analysis of adverse events by symptom
  • percentage of patients presenting with sleep problems (daytime drowsiness, narcolepsy, insomnia, fragmented sleep…)
  • evaluation of Epworth Sleepiness Scale
  • evaluation of quality of life (PDQ-8)
  • evaluation of utilities by EuroQol (EQ-5D)
  • overall clinical impression evaluated by the doctor (CGI-I) and by the patient (PGI-I)
  • Global-Benefit-Risk (GBR)
  • Evaluation of resources

Analysis of the principal criterion:

Analysis of the principal criterion will be carried out with those patients from the intention-to-treat population for whom tolerance data is available in at least one visit after D0.

Comparative analysis The percentages of patients in the two treated groups who present with at least one significant adverse event will be compared using a Khi-2 test.

Logistic regression A logistic regression analysis will be performed in order to explain the presence/absence of a significant event. The nature of the treatment and the centre will act as explanatory variables, and the initial scores as covariates. Analyses will also be performed on quantitative variables (ANCOVA)

Evaluation of the Global Benefit-Risk (GBR) according to the model suggested by Chuang-Stein et al.

Number of subject required:

Calculation of the size is based on the hypothesis that the percentage of patients presenting with at least one significant adverse event during follow-up (principal evaluation criterion) will differ by 15% from one group to the other. With an alpha risk set at 5% and a beta ris kat 20%, the number of subjects required, calculated using the Casagrande et Pike formula, is 110 subjects per group.

The NSN was slightly overestimated in order to maintain the desired strength while taking into account the possibility of lost to follow-up, and was fixed at 240 patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Early-stage Parkinson's Disease
Drug: Rasagiline
Drug: Pramipexole
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of the Tolerance and Acceptability of Rasagiline in the Treatment of Early-stage Parkinson's Disease

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Further study details as provided by Qualissima:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • frequency of 'significant' adverse events [ Time Frame: each visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    the frequency of 'significant' adverse events up to week 15, defined as a serious adverse event, an adverse event requiring withdrawal of treatment (in the opinion of the investigator) or an event considered as serious by the patient.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • percentage of patients with sleep disorders [ Time Frame: each visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    percentage of patients with sleep disorders

  • Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) [ Time Frame: each visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)

  • CGI-I and PGI-I [ Time Frame: each visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Clinical Global Impression of Improvement (CGI-I) scale and the Patient Global Impression of Improvement (PGI-I)

Enrollment: 112
Study Start Date: October 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Rasagiline Drug: Rasagiline
1 mg rasagiline once daily (plus placebo twice daily)
Active Comparator: Pramipexole
pramipexole three times daily (titrated from 0.375 mg/day to 1.5 mg/day)
Drug: Pramipexole
pramipexole three times daily (titrated from 0.375 mg/day to 1.5 mg/day)


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • male or female aged between 18 and 70
  • capable of reading and understanding the information leaflet given to him/her
  • signed an inform consent form
  • presenting with idiopathic Parkinson's disease with a Hoehn and Yahr score of ≤ 3
  • has never been given anti-Parkinson medication, or has been treated with L-Dopa, on condition that the total duration of treatment was less than twelve weeks at a dosage of under 200 mg, or has been treated with a dopamine agonist other than Pramipexole, on condition that:

    • either the patient is still in the dose-titration phase at the time of inclusion
    • or that the treatment was administered for less than six weeks and was completed two weeks before inclusion

Exclusion Criteria:

  • women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy in the months after joining the study
  • women of reproductive age who have not undergone surgical sterilisation or who are not using a reliable method of contraception before joining the study and during the study
  • patient presenting with hepatic insufficiency
  • patient presenting with a concommitant illness which is considered significant by the investigator, after examination of the history, the patient's clinical condition, or on the basis on any additional examinations performed
  • patient presenting with a skin lesion considered to be suspect by the investigator and which has not been evaluated by a dermatologist
  • patient presenting with a contraindication to treatment with Rasagiline or Pramipexole (please see the SPC for the respective products)
  • patient treated with fuoxetine during the five weeks preceding inclusion
  • patient treated with fluvoxamine, pethidine, selegiline or any other MAOI during the two weeks preceding inclusion
  • patient who has had deep brain stimulation treatment
  • patient who might receive dextromethorphan or a sympathomimetic during the study
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Responsible Party: Qualissima
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01048229     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACTOR protocol 
Study First Received: January 12, 2010
Last Updated: May 25, 2012
Health Authority: France: Afssaps - Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Saint-Denis)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Parkinsonian Disorders
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Antiparkinson Agents
Dopamine Agents
Dopamine Agonists
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
Neuroprotective Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents

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