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Long-Term Effects of Sublingual Grass Therapy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01335139
First Posted: April 14, 2011
Last Update Posted: June 2, 2017
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Collaborators:
Immune Tolerance Network (ITN)
Imperial College London
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  Purpose
The purpose of this research study is to investigate whether sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT, grass pollen tablets under the tongue) has long term effects in severe hay fever.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal Biological: Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) Biological: Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) Other: Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-blind, Single-center, Placebo Controlled Study of Sublingual Immunotherapy and Subcutaneous Immunotherapy in Adults With Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (ITN043AD)

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Nasal Response to Allergen Challenge [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
    Defined as the average of the Total Nasal Symptom Score (TNSS) area under the curve (AUC) measured at 0 to 1 hours and the AUC measured at 1 to 10 hours after allergen challenge. The primary outcome consists of the comparison of SLIT + SCIT placebo versus SLIT placebo + SCIT placebo.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Skin Late Phase Response (LPR) to Intradermal Testing [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1,-2, and -3 years ]
    Recorded as the mean diameter of the swelling measured at the specified time points after allergen challenge at 1, 2, and 3 years. The analysis of this outcome will compare the mean diameter of the swelling at 1, 2, and 3 years separately, adjusting for baseline diameter using ANCOVA at the 0.05 level of significance.

  • Skin Early Phase Response (EPR) to Intradermal Testing [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Recorded as the mean diameter of the swelling measured at the specified time points after allergen challenge at 1, 2, and 3 years. The analysis of this outcome will compare the mean diameter of the swelling at 1, 2, and 3 years separately, adjusting for baseline diameter using ANCOVA at the 0.05 level of significance.

  • Nasal LPR [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Defined as the TNSS AUC over the specified time periods after allergen challenge at 1, 2, and 3 years. The analysis of these this outcome will compare the mean TNSS AUC at 1, 2, and 3 years separately, adjusting for baseline LPR using ANCOVA at the 0.05 level of significance.

  • Nasal EPR [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Defined as the TNSS AUC over the specified time periods after allergen challenge at 1, 2, and 3 years. The analysis of these this outcome will compare the mean TNSS AUC at 1, 2, and 3 years separately, adjusting for baseline EPR using ANCOVA at the 0.05 level of significance.

  • Peak Total Nasal Symptom Score (TNSS) EPR [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Maximum TNSS score measured between 0 and 1 hour after challenge.

  • Peak Nasal Inspiratory Flow (PNIF) LPR [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Defined as PNIF AUC over the specified time periods after allergen challenge at 1, 2 and 3 years. The analyses for this outcome will compare the mean PNIF AUC at 1, 2, and 3 years separately, adjusting for baseline PNIF using ANCOVA at the 0.05 level of significance.

  • Peak Nasal Inspiratory Flow (PNIF) LPR Area Under the Curve (AUC) [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Defined as PNIF AUC over the specified time periods after allergen challenge at 1, 2 and 3 years. The analyses for this outcome will compare the mean PNIF AUC at 1, 2, and 3 years separately, adjusting for baseline PNIF using ANCOVA at the 0.05 level of significance.

  • Peak Nasal Inspiratory Flow (PNIF) EPR Area Under the Curve (AUC) [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Defined as PNIF AUC over the specified time periods after allergen challenge at 1, 2 and 3 years. The analyses for this outcome will compare the mean PNIF AUC at 1, 2, and 3 years separately, adjusting for baseline PNIF using ANCOVA at the 0.05 level of significance. AUC measured hourly between 1 and 10 hours after challenge.

  • Skin Prick Test Endpoint Titration [ Time Frame: Baseline (Time 0) and 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Assessed as the mean wheal diameters (mm) in response to skin prick tests in duplicate with 1000 SQ, 10,000 SQ and 100,000 SQ units of grass pollen allergen.

  • Use of Rescue Medications During the Pollen Season [ Time Frame: 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    A composite rescue medication score will be derived using a pre-defined scoring algorithm.

  • Mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality-of-Life Questionnaire Score [ Time Frame: 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality-of-Life Questionnaire (MiniRQLQ) scores will be collected pre-, peak-, and post-pollen season at 1, 2, and 3 years.

  • Hay Fever Severity Score [ Time Frame: 1, 2 and 3 years ]
    Measured at the end of each pollen season at 1, -2, and -3 years.

  • Weekly Visual Analog Symptom (VAS) Scores [ Time Frame: 1, -2, and -3 years ]
    Weekly Visual Analogue Scale scores will be summarized descriptively by group and year.

  • EXPLORATORY: Mechanistic Assessments of Local Immune Responses [ Time Frame: 1, 2, and 3 years ]
    Measured in the nasal mucosa before and after nasal allergen challenge. Nasal secretions will be assayed for inflammatory mediators and local antibodies.

  • EXPLORATORY: Mechanistic Assessments of Peripheral Blood Subsets [ Time Frame: 1, 2, and 3 years ]
    Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) samples will be analyzed.


Enrollment: 106
Study Start Date: March 2011
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: SCIT + Placebo
Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) + sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) placebo
Biological: Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT)
Participants randomized to receive subcutaneous injection immunotherapy with placebo tablets. Subcutaneous immunotherapy was included as a positive control.
Other Name: Alutard SQ Grass Pollen®
Other: Placebo
Participants randomized to double-placebo tablets and injections. This group was included as a negative control.
Experimental: SLIT + Placebo
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) + subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) placebo
Biological: Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT)
Participants randomized to receive sublingual allergen tablet immunotherapy with placebo injections.
Other Name: Grazax®
Other: Placebo
Participants randomized to double-placebo tablets and injections. This group was included as a negative control.
Placebo Comparator: Placebo + Placebo
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) placebo + subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) placebo
Other: Placebo
Participants randomized to double-placebo tablets and injections. This group was included as a negative control.

Detailed Description:

This is a randomized, double-blind, single-center, placebo-controlled, three-arm study comparing SLIT with placebo and SCIT with placebo. The main comparison will be between SLIT and placebo.

Individuals with severe grass pollen hay fever, with or without associated seasonal asthma, will be recruited during the pollen season of March through September 2011. Eligible participants will be randomized to one of the following three treatment arms administered in a double-blind (masked), double-dummy fashion in a 1:1:1 ratio:

  • SLIT + SCIT placebo
  • SCIT + SLIT placebo
  • SLIT placebo + SCIT placebo

Participants will receive treatment over a 2-year period followed by a 1-year blinded (masked) withdrawal phase. Participants will be provided with anti-allergic rescue medications (antihistamine, topical intranasal corticosteroids, and short-acting beta agonists) throughout the study. Clinical endpoint assessments will be performed at prior to initiating their assigned treatment, after 1 and 2 years of treatment, and after the 1-year withdrawal period at 3 years.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • A clinical history of grass pollen-induced allergic rhinoconjunctivitis for at least 2 years with peak symptoms in May, June, or July;
  • A clinical history of moderate to severe rhinoconjunctivitis symptoms interfering with usual daily activities or with sleep as defined according to the Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) classification of rhinitis;
  • A clinical history of rhinoconjunctivitis for at least 2 years requiring treatment with either antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids during the grass pollen season;
  • Positive skin prick test response, defined as wheal diameter greater than or equal to 3 mm, to Phleum pratense (e.g., Timothy grass);
  • Positive specific IgE, defined as greater than or equal to IgE class 2 (0.7 kU/L), against Phleum pratense;
  • A positive response to nasal allergen challenge with Phleum pretense, defined as an increase in TNSS greater than or equal to 7 points above baseline;
  • For women of childbearing age, a willingness to use an effective form of contraception for the duration of the trial; and
  • The ability to give informed consent and comply with study procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prebronchodilator forced expiratory volume at 1 second (FEV1) less than 70% of predicted value at either screening or baseline visit;
  • A clinical history of moderate to severe allergic rhinitis, according to the ARIA classification, due to tree pollen near or overlapping the grass pollen season;
  • A clinical history of persistent asthma and/or requiring regular inhaled corticosteroids for > 4 weeks per year outside of the grass pollen season;
  • A clinical history of moderate- severe allergic rhinitis, according to the ARIA classification, caused by an allergen to which the participant is regularly exposed;
  • History of emergency visit or hospital admission for asthma in the previous 12 months;
  • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
  • History of significant recurrent acute sinusitis, defined as 2 episodes per year for the last 2 years, all of which required antibiotic treatment;
  • History of chronic sinusitis, defined as a sinus symptoms lasting greater than 12 weeks that includes 2 or more major factors or 1 major factor and 2 minor factors. Major factors are defined as facial pain or pressure, nasal obstruction or blockage, nasal discharge or purulence or discolored postnasal discharge, purulence in nasal cavity, or impaired or loss of smell. Minor factors are defined as headache, fever, halitosis, fatigue, dental pain, cough, and ear pain, pressure, or fullness.
  • At randomization, current symptoms of, or treatment for, upper respiratory tract infection, acute sinusitis, acute otitis media, or other relevant infectious process; serous otitis media is not an exclusion criterion. Participants may be re-evaluated for eligibility after symptoms resolve.
  • Any tobacco smoking within the last 6 months or a history of ≥ 10 pack years;
  • Previous treatment by immunotherapy with grass pollen allergen within the previous 5 years.
  • Any history of grade 4 anaphylaxis due to any cause as defined by the World Allergy Organization (WAO) grading criteria for immunotherapy;
  • History of bleeding disorders or treatment with anticoagulation therapy;
  • History of anti-IgE monoclonal antibody treatment;
  • Ongoing systemic immunosuppressive treatment;
  • History of intolerance to the study therapy, rescue medications, or their excipients;
  • For women of childbearing age a positive serum or urine pregnancy test with sensitivity of less than 50 mIU/mL within 72 hours before the start of study therapy;
  • The use of any investigational drug within 30 days of the screening visit; or
  • The presence of any medical condition that the investigator deems incompatible with participation in the trial.
  Contacts and Locations
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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01335139


Locations
United Kingdom
Royal Brompton Hospital
London, United Kingdom, SW3 6LY
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Immune Tolerance Network (ITN)
Imperial College London
Investigators
Study Chair: Stephen Durham, MD Imperial College London
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Study Data/Documents: Individual Participant Data Set  This link exits the ClinicalTrials.gov site
Identifier: ITN043AD
TrialShare is a clinical trials research portal developed by the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) that makes data from the consortium's clinical trials publicly available without charge.Creating an account for ITN TrialShare is free and allows for searching studies of interest.
Synopsis, Adverse Events, -Data and Reports, -Schedule of Assessments  This link exits the ClinicalTrials.gov site
Identifier: ITN043AD
TrialShare is a clinical trials research portal developed by the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) that makes data from the consortium's clinical trials publicly available without charge.Creating an account for ITN TrialShare is free and allows for searching studies of interest.

Responsible Party: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01335139     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DAIT ITN043AD
2010-023536-16 ( EudraCT Number )
First Submitted: April 8, 2011
First Posted: April 14, 2011
Last Update Posted: June 2, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: Participant level data and additional relevant materials are available to the public in TrialShare, the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) Clinical Trials Research Portal. ITN TrialShare makes data from the consortium's clinical trials publicly available.

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
sublingual immunotherapy
subcutaneous immunotherapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Rhinitis
Rhinitis, Allergic
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal
Nose Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Hypersensitivity
Immune System Diseases