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Novel Pathways to Manage Inflammation and Atherosclerosis in Dialysis Patients: Role of Nicotinic Acid

This study has been terminated.
(The funding source is not going to fund this anymore. Only two subjects completed the study therefore meaningful analysis not possible.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kambiz Zandi-Nejad, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier:
First received: July 7, 2010
Last updated: May 28, 2014
Last verified: May 2014
Patients with kidney failure on hemodialysis have an extremely high rate of cardiovascular disease including atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This, at least in part, is due to the chronic inflammatory status usually seen in these patients. Here we try to see if treatment with extended release nicotinic acid (Niaspan) can reduce their overall inflammatory burden (in general) and the atherosclerotic plaque inflammation (in particular).

Condition Intervention
Dialysis Cardiovascular Disease Atherosclerosis Inflammation Drug: Extended Release Nicotinic Acid (Niaspan)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Novel Pathways to Manage Inflammation and Atherosclerosis in Dialysis Patients: Role of Nicotinic Acid

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Further study details as provided by Kambiz Zandi-Nejad, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in FDG-PET/CT dual scan score [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Changes in hs-CRP level [ Time Frame: 6 monhts ]
  • Changes in IL-6 level [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Albumin level [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • ESA dose requirement [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Hemoglobin level [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Rate of cardiovascular events [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Hemodialysis access stenosis/thrombosis [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Incidence of rises in liver function tests [ Time Frame: 6 months (checked monthly) ]

Enrollment: 22
Study Start Date: July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: This study has only one arm.
Blood sample and scan results to be compared before and after intervention in each subject.
Drug: Extended Release Nicotinic Acid (Niaspan)
Subjects will start on 500 mg per day of Niaspan for 4 weeks, then the dose will be increased to 1000 mg per day of Niaspan for 4 weeks, then the dose will be increased to 1500 mg of Niaspan per day for 4 weeks, after this subjects with weight of less than 60 kg will continue at 1500 mg per day of Niaspan for another 12 weeks whereas in subjects with weight of more than 60 kg the dose will be increased to 2000 mg of Niaspan per day which will be continued for 12 weeks.
Other Names:
  • Extended Release Nicotinic Acid
  • Niaspan


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • A signed consent form;
  • Male or Female, 18 years or older;
  • Diagnosed with ESRD, on maintenance hemodialysis for at least six (6) months;
  • Subject must be able to understand and provide informed consent;
  • No known contraindications to therapy with nicotinic acid;
  • Female subjects of childbearing potential must be willing to be on an acceptable form of birth control for the duration of the study and for two month after they have stopped taking the study drug.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any patient with a medical condition or taking any medications that would be contraindicated with the use of extended release niacin, such as active peptic ulcer disease;
  • History of severe allergic reactions to the study medication;
  • History of active infection or acute gouty attack within 2 weeks prior to enrollment;
  • Known serological positivity for HIV, HBsAg, or HCV Ab;
  • HbA1C > 9;
  • Total CK of more than three times of the upper limit of normal;
  • Elevation of liver function tests at time of entry (AST and/or ALT > 2 times the upper limit of normal);
  • History of drug, alcohol, or chemical abuse within 6 months prior to enrollment;
  • History of malignancy except adequately treated in-situ cervical carcinoma, or adequately treated basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin;
  • History of an inflammatory disease such as SLE, rheumatoid arthritis or ulcerative colitis;
  • Patients currently on pharmacological doses of nicotinic acid;
  • Patients receiving chronic anti-inflammatory therapy;
  • Patients with average baseline hs-CRP levels of > 20 mg/L or < 1 mg/L;
  • Patients in whom FDG-PET/CT dual scans are contraindicated (e.g., pregnant patients or those with severe allergy to IV contrast; a pregnancy test will be performed in each female subject between 18 and 45 years of age prior to each scan)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01159054

United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
BWH/FH/DCI Outpatient Dialysis Unit
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02130
DCI Dialysis Unit-Somerville
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Kambiz ZANDI-NEJAD, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kambiz Zandi-Nejad, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier: NCT01159054     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010P001049
Study First Received: July 7, 2010
Last Updated: May 28, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Nicotinic Acids
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Vasodilator Agents
Vitamin B Complex
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on June 22, 2017