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Saizen® Solution for Injection Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) Immunogenicity Study

This study has been terminated.
(The Sponsor voluntarily terminated this trial because compliance to strict Good Clinical Practice (GCP) requirements was not ensured - No safety concerns)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: November 9, 2010
Last Update Posted: August 7, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
EMD Serono
To assess the immunogenicity of Saizen® solution for injection in adult subjects with documented Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD).

Condition Intervention Phase
Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) Drug: Saizen® Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase IIIb, Open-label, Single-arm, Multicenter Study to Assess the Immunogenicity of the Recombinant-Human Growth Hormone (r-hGH) Liquid Multidose Formulation (Saizen® Solution for Injection) When Administered to Male and Female Adults With Documented Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)

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Further study details as provided by EMD Serono:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Participants Who Developed Positive Binding Antibodies (BAbs+) to Saizen® [ Time Frame: Baseline up to Week 26 ]
    Binding antibodies (BAbs) are all antibodies which are capable of binding to the investigational drug molecule (Saizen®), irrespective of their binding site.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Participants Who Developed Positive Neutralizing Antibodies (NAbs+) to Saizen® [ Time Frame: Baseline up to Week 26 ]
    Neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) are defined as a subgroup of BAbs which bind to the active sites of the investigational drug molecule (Saizen®) and therefore neutralize its potency.

  • Insulin-like Growth Factor-I (IGF-1) Levels [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 2, Week 4, Week 8, Week 13, Week 18, Week 26 ]
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor-I Standard Deviation Score (IGF-1 SDS) [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 2, Week 4, Week 8, Week 13, Week 18, Week 26 ]
    Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 Standard Deviation Score (IGF-1 SDS) was provided by the central laboratory; its calculation is based on the actual value of IGF-1 minus mean reference value of IGF-1 divided by reference standard deviation of IGF-1.

  • Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-3 (IGFBP-3) Levels [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 2, Week 4, Week 8, Week 13, Week 18, Week 26 ]
  • Number of Participants With Treatment Emergent Adverse Events (TEAEs) [ Time Frame: Day 1 up to 28 days after last dose of study treatment ]
    Adverse events (AEs): Any untoward medical occurrence in the form of signs, clinically significant abnormalities in laboratory findings, diseases, symptoms, or worsening of complications. TEAEs: AEs occurring after the first administration of Saizen® solution for injection (on Day 1) up to the scheduled routine post treatment follow-up visit (4 weeks [28 days] after the final administration of Saizen® solution for injection).

Enrollment: 59
Study Start Date: October 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Saizen® Drug: Saizen®
Single dose of Saizen® (recombinant human growth hormone, r-hGH) solution for injection will be administered subcutaneously for 26 weeks. Dosage regimen will be in accordance with marketed formulation of Saizen® (freeze-dried formulation), based on locally approved product labeling.
Other Names:
  • r-hGH
  • Somatropin


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult male and female subjects, 18-60 years of age, inclusive, at the time the informed consent is signed
  • Subjects who have confirmed adult GHD
  • Subjects who are growth hormone (GH) treatment-naive or had received Saizen® (freeze-dried formulation) for pediatric GHD (PGHD), or are currently receiving Saizen® freeze-dried formulation for adult GHD (AGHD)
  • Subjects who have binding antibody-negative (BAbs-) at screening
  • Subjects who have no evidence of concomitant disease, intercurrent illness, or resultant therapy that would interfere with subject compliance, the evaluation of study results, or compromise the safety of the subject
  • Female subjects of childbearing potential who have a negative serum pregnancy test at the screening visit (and at each scheduled visit during the study)
  • Subjects who are willing to comply with the procedures of the study
  • Subjects who are willing to sign an Independent Ethics Committee/Institutional Review Board approved informed consent form
  • Other protocol-defined inclusion criteria may apply

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who are currently receiving or have previously received treatment for adult GHD or any other indication, including PGHD, with a commercial GH product other than Saizen® freeze-dried formulation
  • Subjects who had a chronic underlying disease within 6 months prior to screening or concomitant medication(s) that in the opinion of the investigator would exclude the subject from the trial
  • Subjects who have significant renal impairment
  • Subjects who have diabetes mellitus
  • Subjects who are immunosuppressed
  • Subjects who have a current malignancy or a history of any malignancy (excluding fully-treated basal cell carcinoma)
  • Subjects who have participated in another study and received an investigational drug within 30 days prior to screening visit
  • Subjects who have clinically significant abnormal laboratory value(s)
  • Subjects who have known hypersensitivity or allergy to exogenous human GH or any of the excipients or phenol, the bacteriostatic agent in the Saizen® solution for injection
  • Other protocol-defined exclusion criteria may apply
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01237340

United States, Massachusetts
US Medical Information, Massachusetts, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
EMD Serono
Study Director: Medical Responsible Merck Serono S.A., Geneva
  More Information

Responsible Party: EMD Serono
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01237340     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EMR 701048-009
First Submitted: November 5, 2010
First Posted: November 9, 2010
Results First Submitted: September 11, 2012
Results First Posted: October 11, 2012
Last Update Posted: August 7, 2013
Last Verified: August 2013

Keywords provided by EMD Serono:
Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD)
growth hormone
GH biomarkers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Dwarfism, Pituitary
Endocrine System Diseases
Bone Diseases, Developmental
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Bone Diseases, Endocrine
Pituitary Diseases
Hypothalamic Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs