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Antibiotic or Not in Non-purulent Exacerbations of COPD: a Trial of Security and Efficacy (AEPOC-ATB)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2016 by Fundacion Clinic per a la Recerca Biomédica
Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nestor Soler Porcar, Fundacion Clinic per a la Recerca Biomédica Identifier:
First received: March 19, 2010
Last updated: February 1, 2016
Last verified: February 2016

COPD is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality and supposes a sanitary problem in Europe and USA. Patients with COPD usually have 1-2 episodes of acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) per year, being these the principal causes of of hospitalizations, respiratory problems and medical visits. After an episode of AECOPD, the majority of patients develop a transitory (or permanent) worsening in their quality of life and 50% of them will require a new hospitalization. Globally, a 75%& of the exacerbations might be associated with a respiratory tract infection, and among them, 50% might be related to bacteria and in 45% an evidence of viral infection could be documented. Even though the antibiotic treatment might not be useful for a majority of patients with AECOPD, is generalized its use(almost an 85% in some series) in hospitalized patients. The non-controlled use of antibiotics in AECOPD results in a very expensive disease and raises the rate of resistance of bacteria. The available literature have shown that there's a relation between exacerbations and infections, based on sputum samples.

In summary, is well known that at least a 50% of the episodes of AECOPD might be associated with pathogenic bacteria in the lower respiratory tract. Prescription of antibiotics is wide and generalized in hospitalized patients. Clinical trials have shown correlation between AECOPD with sputum purulence (which correlates with presence of bacteria), however they've not included NON-purulent AECOPD, even though they're a significative group of patients hospitalized by this cause too. It's necessary to evaluate the efficacy nor the security of antibiotic treatment in this group of patients in a well designed trial.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Drug: Moxifloxacin
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Utility of Antibiotic Treatment in Acute Non-purulent Exacerbations of COPD: a Double Blinded, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial of Security and Efficacy

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Further study details as provided by Fundacion Clinic per a la Recerca Biomédica:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy of treatment WITHOUT antibiotics in non-purulent exacerbations of COPD [ Time Frame: Six months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy/Safety in treatment on re-hospitalizations at six months. [ Time Frame: Six monts ]
  • In-hospital stay (days) [ Time Frame: Six months ]
  • All cause mortality [ Time Frame: One and Six months ]
  • Quality of Life (QoL) measured by the Saint George Respiratory Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Hospitalization day 1 and six months ]
    This item will be measured by the application of the Saint George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ)

Estimated Enrollment: 224
Study Start Date: July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Non-Antibiotic
Patients will not receive antibiotics, although the study is double-blind.
Active Comparator: Antibiotic
Patients will receive in a masked way, moxifloxacin.
Drug: Moxifloxacin
Moxifloxacin 400 mg administered once a day for 5 days
Other Name: Actira


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • COPD diagnosis according to GOLD guidelines
  • Hospitalization for any acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Failure of outpatient treatment
  • Increasing of dyspnea in the last days
  • Comorbidity that causes detriment of respiratory function

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Life expectancy of less than 6 months
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Cardiovascular condition that causes exacerbation
  • Immunosuppression
  • Pulmonary infiltrates that suggest pneumonia
  • Antibiotic treatment in the last month
  • Pregnancy
  • ECG with a large QT segment
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hepatic failure or renal failure
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01091493

Contact: Nestor Soler, MD, PhD +34 932.275.400 ext 2280
Contact: Arturo Huerta, MD +34 932.275.400 ext 5549

Hospital Miquel Servet Active, not recruiting
Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, 50009
Fundacio Clinic Per la Recerca Biomèdica - Hospital Clinic de Barcelona Recruiting
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 08036
Contact: Arturo Huerta, MD    +34 679.788.559   
Sub-Investigator: Arturo H Huerta, MD         
Principal Investigator: Nestor Soler, MD, PhD         
Fundació La Fe- Hospital La Fe Active, not recruiting
Valencia, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain, 46009
Hospital Clínica Platón Active, not recruiting
Barcelona, Spain, 08006
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fundacion Clinic per a la Recerca Biomédica
Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Principal Investigator: Nestor Soler, MD,PhD Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
  More Information

Responsible Party: Nestor Soler Porcar, Especialista Senior, Fundacion Clinic per a la Recerca Biomédica Identifier: NCT01091493     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AEPOC-ATB
Study First Received: March 19, 2010
Last Updated: February 1, 2016

Keywords provided by Fundacion Clinic per a la Recerca Biomédica:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Antibiotics, Antitubercular
Norgestimate, ethinyl estradiol drug combination
Anti-Infective Agents
Antitubercular Agents
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Contraceptives, Oral, Combined
Contraceptives, Oral
Contraceptive Agents, Female
Contraceptive Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on April 28, 2017