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Llama Antibody, Rotavirus Diarrhoea, Children

This study has been completed.
Unilever Nederland Holdings
Information provided by:
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh Identifier:
First received: December 13, 2010
Last updated: August 8, 2011
Last verified: February 2006

The investigators hypothesize that :

oral administration of VHH batch 203027 will be

  • safe and tolerable for healthy Bangladeshi humans of all age groups (Part I)
  • effective in reducing severity of diarrhoea in children with proven rotavirus infection (Part II). This entry only covers Part II.

Condition Intervention Phase
Male Children
6-24 Months Old With Rotaviral Diarrhoea
Non-cholera Patients
Drug: VHH batch 203027
Drug: Placebo product
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Safety and Tolerability of a Novel Llama-derived Anti-rotavirus VHH Fragment in Human Volunteers (Part-I), and Its Effect on Severity and Duration of Rotavirus Diarrhoea in Children (Part II). (This Registration Only Covers Part II)

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Further study details as provided by International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Diarrhoea severity (indicated by reduced stool volume) [ Time Frame: 4-5 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    The primary outcome measures of this study are to evaluate the efficacy of orally administered VHH batch 203027 by its ability to reduce:

    (i) diarrhoea severity (indicated by reduced stool volume) (ii) diarrhoea duration, and (iii) duration of faecal excretion of rotavirus

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary aim: The secondary aim is to compare the influence of the passive immunisation with VHH on serum concentrations of anti-rotavirus antibody on day 4 and 21. [ Time Frame: 4-5 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 176
Study Start Date: January 2006
Study Completion Date: November 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: VHH
The active substance is "VHH batch 203027".
Drug: VHH batch 203027
The active product is 165 mg of VHH batch 203027 and 835 mg maltodextrin with 0.5% (w/w) caramel colour in 10 mL ORS. The osmolality (concentration of the osmotically active substances in the solution such as sugar molecules, salts etc. ) of this solution will be around 60 mOsmol/kg. The mixture of the 165 mg of VHH batch 203027 and 835 mg maltodextrin (0.5% (w/w) caramel colour will be provided per sachet.
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo product
Drug: Placebo product
The Placebo treatment consisted of 1000 mg of maltodextrine with 5% (w/w) caramel colour in 10 mL ORS.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Months to 24 Months   (Child)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 6-24 months
  • History of watery diarrhoea of 48 hours or less
  • At least 4 liquid stools during the previous 24 hours
  • No V. cholerae in a dark-field test microscopy
  • Presence of rotavirus in stool as determined by ELISA
  • Written informed consent for participation by respective parents/guardians

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Systemic infection(s) requiring antibiotic treatment
  • Severe malnutrition (W/H <-3SD)
  • History of bloody diarrhoea
  • Patient unwilling to comply with study protocol
  • Currently participating or have participated in another clinical trial during the last 3 weeks prior to this study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01259765

Dhaka Hospital
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1212
Sponsors and Collaborators
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
Unilever Nederland Holdings
Principal Investigator: Shafiqul A Sarker, MD, Ph. D. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr.Shafiqul Alam Sarker, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh Identifier: NCT01259765     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004-009 
Study First Received: December 13, 2010
Last Updated: August 8, 2011
Health Authority: Bangladesh: Ethical Review Committee

Keywords provided by International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh:
llama antibody
rotavirus diarrhoea

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms
Immunologic Factors
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