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Evaluation of Efficacy and Safety of Galantamine in Patients With Dementia of Alzheimer's Type Who Failed to Benefit From Donepezil

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01478633
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 23, 2011
Last Update Posted : March 26, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K.

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of galantamine in patients who failed to benefit from donepezil (patients switching from donepezil). In clinical practice, it is expected that galantamine will be used in patients switching from donepezil due to the insufficient efficacy of donepezil.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alzheimer's Disease Drug: Galantamine Phase 4

Detailed Description:
This is a nonrandomized (study drug is intentionally assigned), open-label (all people involved know the identity of the intervention), single-arm (one group of patients receiving the same treatment), multi-centered study of galantamine in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Galantamine has been approved for treatment of mild to moderate dementia of AD. Galantamine is available as film-coated tablet in 68 countries including the United States and Europe, and is also available as oral syrup and extended-release capsule in 65 counties. In Japan, galantamine was approved in January 2011 and is available in three dosage forms of film-coated tablet, oral disintegrant tablet, and oral syrup. The target population is patients with mild to moderate dementia of Alzheimer's type (ie, Mini-Mental State Examination [MMSE] ranging from 10 to 22) who failed to benefit from donepezil. Patients must have diagnosis of probable AD according to the diagnostic criteria National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke/Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association (NINCDS-ADRDA) study group. To ensure that at least 100 subjects complete the study, 125 subjects will be enrolled. The treatment group is to receive flexible dosing of 16 mg/day or 24 mg/day. Patients will receive the study treatment for 24 weeks in accordance with the dosing regimen specified in the protocol.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 102 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of Efficacy and Safety of Galantamine in Subjects With Dementia of Alzheimer's Type Who Failed to Benefit From Donepezil
Study Start Date : September 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Galantamine Drug: Galantamine
8 mg/day (4 mg twice daily) for 4 weeks, followed by 16 mg/day (8 mg twice daily) for an additional 4 weeks, followed by dose at 16 mg or increased to 24 mg (with the option of decreasing back to 16 mg) for the remainder of the study (to week 24)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The Change from Baseline in Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale - Japan cognitive subscale (ADAS-J cog) Score at Week 24 [ Time Frame: at Week 24 ]
    The ADAS-J cog scale assesses memory, language and behavior and is composed of 11 tasks: word recall, spoken language ability, auditory comprehension, word finding difficulty in spontaneous speech, following commands, object and finger naming, constructional praxis, ideational praxis, orientation, word recognition, and recalling test instructions. The perfect total score is 70 points, and as the score becomes higher, the degree of impairment becomes severer.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The Clinical Global Impression of Change (CGI-C) at Week 24 [ Time Frame: at Week 24 ]
    CGI-C is employed to evaluate the patient's global clinical improvement according to the rater's impression from 1 (Very much improved) to 7 (Very much worse).

  2. Proportion of Responders at Week 24 [ Time Frame: at Week 24 ]
    Proportion of responders whose ADAS-J cog score at endpoint decreased from baseline.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Have diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) in accordance with the diagnostic criteria of NINCDS-ADRDA study group
  • Have an MMSE score of 10 to 22 inclusive at screening
  • Have taken donepezil stably at 5 mg/day for more than 6 months before screening
  • Have progression (worsening) of impaired cognitive function 6 months or longer before screening
  • Be considered medically stable by the investigator on the basis of physical examination, medical history, vital signs, and 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) performed at screening
  • Be medically stable on the basis of clinical laboratory tests performed at screening

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Has any concurrent neurodegenerative diseases manifesting dementia other than Dementia of Alzheimer's type
  • Has suspected impaired cognitive function due to a variety of causes
  • Has significant health disorders or diseases according to the investigators' detailed criteria
  • Has had major surgery within 52 weeks of screening, or will not have fully recovered from surgery, or planned surgery during the time the subject is expected to participate in the study
  • Is a woman who is pregnant, or breast-feeding, or planning to become pregnant or is a man who plans to father a child while enrolled in this study
  • Has a history of severe drug allergy or severe drug hypersensitivity
  • Has a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Used another investigational drug within 90 days of screening
  • Used anti-dementia drugs marketed or being developed other than donepezil or medications containing the same active ingredients within 6 months of screening
  • Is considered as ineligible by the investigator

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01478633

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Akita, Japan
Izunokuni, Japan
Kochi N/A, Japan
Kumamoto, Japan
Osaka, Japan
Saitama N/A, Japan
Takatsuki, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Uji, Japan
Urayasu, Japan
Yokohama, Japan
Sponsors and Collaborators
Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K.
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Study Director: Janssen Pharmaceutical K. K., Japan Clinical Trial Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K.
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K. Identifier: NCT01478633    
Other Study ID Numbers: CR018649
JNS023-JPN-02 ( Other Identifier: Janssen Pharmaceutical K. K., Japan )
First Posted: November 23, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 26, 2014
Last Verified: March 2014
Keywords provided by Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K.:
Alzheimer's disease
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Cholinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Nootropic Agents