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Efficacy Study in Lumbosacral Radiculopathy

This study has been completed.
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GlaxoSmithKline Identifier:
First received: April 22, 2010
Last updated: February 16, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
This study will be a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study. After enrolment and initial assessments, subjects will receive 35 days of study medication. During this treatment period, they will be randomised to either oral GW856553 7.5mg BID or matching placebo in a 1:1 ratio. Sufficient numbers of subjects will be recruited to obtain 128 evaluable subjects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pain, Neuropathic
Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
Drug: Placebo
Drug: GS856553
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomised, Double Blind Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of the p38 Kinase Inhibitor, GW856553, in Subjects With Neuropathic Pain From Lumbosacral Radiculopathy

Further study details as provided by GlaxoSmithKline:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in average daily pain score from baseline to Week 4 of treatment based on the 11 point Pain Intensity Numerical Rating Scale (PI-NRS) (0=no pain, 10=maximum pain imaginable). [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in average daily pain score from baseline to Weeks 2, 3 and 4 of treatment and the week before the follow-up visit. [ Time Frame: 5 weks ]
  • Change in pain quality on the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ) from baseline to Days 21 and 35 of treatment and the follow-up visit. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in Galer Neuropathic Pain Scale from baseline to Days 21 and 35 of treatment and the follow-up visit. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Proportion of patients who have >= 30% and >=50% reduction in average daily pain score relative to baseline during Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5 of treatment and the week before follow-up. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Proportion of patients who have improved, much improved or very much improved relative to baseline on the Patient Global Impression of Change (PGIC) on Days 8, 21 and 35 of treatment and the follow-up visit. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Proportion of patients who have improved, much improved or very much improved relative to baseline on the Clinical Global Impression of Change (CGIC) on Days 8, 21 and 35 of treatment and the follow-up visit. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in the score of the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) from baseline to Day 35. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in the amount of rescue medication used (in terms of dosage/day) from baseline to Week 5 of treatment. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in total Profile of Mood States (POMS) score and POMS domains scores from baseline to Weeks 3 and 5 of treatment. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in Sleep Interference Scale (SIS) from baseline to Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5 of treatment. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in SF-36 Health from baseline to Day 35 of treatment [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in time to complete timed walk (20 m) from baseline to Day 35 of treatment. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Change in walking-associated pain during timed walk from baseline to Day 35 of treatment. [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Pre-dose and post-dose plasma GW856553 concentrations on Days 21 and 35 to assess patient compliance [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]
  • Adverse events, Vital signs, ECG, Labs [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ]

Enrollment: 142
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: August 2010
Primary Completion Date: August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Active
Drug: GS856553
GW586553 7.5mg bid
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Drug: Placebo
Placebo to match GW856553

Detailed Description:

This is a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, parallel group study. Subjects will undertake a screening period which may last up to approximately 3 weeks, followed by a baseline period of 1 week, a randomised treatment period of 5 weeks and a follow-up period of approximately 2 weeks.

This is a multi-centre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled study in subjects who have at least moderate intensity of neuropathic pain resulting from lumbosacral radiculipathy. It will investigate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of GW856553.

Approximately 142 subjects will be randomised to ensure 128 evaluable subjects. Randomisation ratio will be 1:1 for placebo or GW856553 respectively. The dose of GW856553 will be 7.5 mg BID.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Key Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female subjects aged 18 - 80 years inclusive, at the time of signing the informed consent.
  • A female subject is eligible to participate if she is of:

Non-childbearing potential defined as pre-menopausal females with a documented tubal ligation or hysterectomy; or postmenopausal defined as 12 months of spontaneous amenorrhea Child-bearing potential and agrees to use one of the contraception methods listed in the protocol for an appropriate period of time (as determined by the product label or investigator) prior to the start of dosing to sufficiently minimize the risk of pregnancy at that point. Female subjects must agree to use contraception until 14 days after the last dose of study medication. Male subjects must agree to use the contraception methods listed in the protocol

  • A diagnosis of neuropathic pain due to lumbosacral radiculopathy with the following characteristics:
  • Pain perceived in one or both lower limbs at sites consistent with the area innervated by the L4, L5 or S1 nerve roots, with or without other sensory symptoms in the affected areas; (typically, the pain may be perceived in the buttock, thigh, calf, leg, foot or toes).
  • History of the pain suggestive that the cause of lumbosacral radiculopathy is due to injury of the lumbosacral nerve root(s) by degenerative disease of the vertebrae in the lumbosacral spine or associated soft tissues including the intervertebral discs, or secondary to spinal injury and not due to infection/abscess, haematoma or malignancy.
  • Duration of pain should be at least 12 weeks since onset.
  • Intensity of pain should be stable for the 2 weeks prior to Screening, based on clinical history.
  • As part of the neurological examination, the investigator must also conduct the procedures specified in the Standardised Evaluation of Pain [Neuropathic Pain] (StEP) instrument [Scholz, 2009]2, and to calculate the total score. In the clinical opinion of the investigator, the diagnosis of lumbosacral radiculopathy should be supported by at least one of the following features at Screening or documented in the medical notes in relation to the current symptoms:

Pain/sensory disturbance in dermatomal/myotomal distribution precipitated or exacerbated by straight leg raising (the straight leg raising test should be performed as specified in StEP; Neurological examination of lower limbs shows impaired muscle power, sensory function or deep tendon reflexes in the territory of the affected nerve roots; The total StEP score is greater than 4 (indicative of lumbosacral radiculopathy as the cause of the pain); Electromyographic (EMG) evidence of denervation in muscles innervated by the affected nerve roots; Quantitative sensory tests (QST) showing evidence of altered sensory thresholds in dermatomes innerved by the affected nerve roots;

  • At Screening, if the investigator is satisfied with the diagnosis based on clinical review, or if results from such investigations related to the current symptoms are already documented in the medical notes, then it is not essential for the investigator to conduct computerised tomography (CT)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), EMG or QST.
  • It is a requirement for all eligible subjects to have the nature of their spinal disease established by imaging (CT/MRI) and reviewed by a neuroradiologist / Investigator prior to starting study medication. This CT/MRI should be reviewed by the Investigator to ensure that it is consistent with the clinical diagnosis without any of the aetiologies in the exclusion criteria
  • Subjects on medications for neuropathic pain (may only be included in the study if they have been on stable doses of such medications for at least 4 weeks prior to baseline period (Day -7) and continue with such stable doses during the study.
  • Subjects' baseline average daily pain score for neuropathic pain due to LSR on the PI-NRS, calculated as the average of their daily PI-NRS scores over the baseline period (Day -7 to Day -1), is greater than or equal to 4 on the PI-NRS, after wash-out of prohibited medications. Male subjects must agree to use the contraception methods listed in the protocol. This criterion must be followed from the time of the first dose of study medication until 14 days after the last dose of study medication.
  • Subject has provided full written informed consent prior to the performance of any protocol-specified procedure, which includes compliance with the requirements and restrictions listed in the consent form.

Key Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who, in the opinion of the Investigator, are unable to reliably delineate or assess their own pain by anatomical location/distribution (e.g. can the subject reliably tell the difference between their back pain and their lower limb pain and rate their intensity separately ?).
  • Subjects with lumbar canal stenosis in which the pain in the lower limbs occur solely on walking and not at rest.
  • Subjects with causes for their neuropathic pain other than that specified in the inclusion criteria [e.g. post-herpetic neuralgia, painful diabetic neuropathy, mononeuritis multiplex, central post-stroke pain, failed back surgery in relation to the presenting episode of radiculopathy, spinal abscess/infection/haematoma/malignancy, phantom limb pain, peripheral neuropathy due to alcoholism, malignancy, HIV, syphilis, drug abuse, vitamin B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism, liver disease, toxic exposure], pain associated with a substantial somatic pain component [e.g.non-neuropathic / musculoskeletal pain in lower limbs or other parts of the body apart from the back] or more than one cause or potential cause for pain symptoms or any concurrent rheumatic disease such as but not limited to fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or significant osteoarthritis. Any question regarding the acceptability of aetiology of the neuropathic pain should be discussed with the GSK medical monitor.
  • A positive pre-study drug/alcohol screen.
  • A positive test for HIV antibody or positive history of HIV.
  • A positive pre-study Hepatitis B surface antigen or positive Hepatitis C antibody result within 3 months of screening
  • History of any liver disease within the last 6 months [with the exception of known Gilbert's disease].
  • History of excessive regular alcohol consumption within 6 months of the study.
  • History or presence of significant cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, or renal disease or other condition known to interfere with the absorption, distribution, metabolism, or excretion of drugs which, in the opinion of the Investigator may interfere with the study procedures or compromise subject safety.
  • History or presence of any clinically significant abnormality in vital signs / ECG / laboratory tests, or have any medical or psychiatric condition, which, in the opinion of the Investigator, may interfere with the study procedures or compromise subject safety.
  • Subject has clinical evidence of recent major depression (by medical history) except those subjects already controlled by anti-depressants at screening.
  • Subjects who, in the clinical judgement of the investigator, may be malingering or be motivated by secondary gain from participation in the study, will be excluded.
  • Unable to stop and remain abstained from non-pharmacological treatments for their neuropathic pain during the study
  • History of hypersensitivity to GW856553 or its components thereof or a history of drug or other
  • Pregnant or lactating females
  • Subjects with conditions requiring immunosuppressive therapy, or otherwise considered immunosuppressed.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01110057

GSK Investigational Site
Hoersholm, Denmark, 2970
GSK Investigational Site
Odense C, Denmark, 5000
GSK Investigational Site
Bois-Guillaume, France, 76230
GSK Investigational Site
Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 92100
GSK Investigational Site
Lyon cedex 03, France, 69394
GSK Investigational Site
Nice cedex 1, France, 06002
GSK Investigational Site
Paris Cedex 4, France, 75181
GSK Investigational Site
Schoenau, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, 69250
GSK Investigational Site
Muenchen, Bayern, Germany, 80333
GSK Investigational Site
Leipzg, Sachsen, Germany, 04109
GSK Investigational Site
Hamburg, Germany, 20255
GSK Investigational Site
Hamburg, Germany, 22767
GSK Investigational Site
Stockholm, Sweden, SE-115 22
GSK Investigational Site
Örebro, Sweden, SE-703 62
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: GSK Clinical Trials GlaxoSmithKline
  More Information

Responsible Party: Cheri Hudson; Clinical Disclosure Advisor, GSK Clinical Disclosure Identifier: NCT01110057     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 113049
Study First Received: April 22, 2010
Last Updated: February 16, 2012

Keywords provided by GlaxoSmithKline:
p38 kinase inhibitor
male and female

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
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