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Efficacy of Everolimus in Combination With Tacrolimus in Liver Transplant Recipients (HEPHAISTOS)

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Verified August 2016 by Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals )
Winicker Norimed GmbH
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First received: March 8, 2012
Last updated: August 2, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
This trial will evaluate the efficacy of Everolimus in combination tacrolimus versus a standard immunosuppressive regimen concerning kidney function in liver transplant recipients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Liver Transplantation Drug: Everolimus (RAD001) as add-on Drug: tacrolimus group Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 12-month, Multi-center, Open-label, Randomized, Controlled Study to Evaluate Efficacy/Safety and Evolution of Renal Function of Everolimus in Co-exposure With Tacrolimus in de Novo Liver Transplant Recipients

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Eestimated glomerular filtration rate (MDRD-4 formula) at Month 12 in de novo liver [ Time Frame: at 12 months after randomization ]
    Immunosuppressive regimen based on everolimus (EVR) in coexposure with tacrolimus (TAC) compared to tacrolimus alone on estimated glomerular filtration rate (MDRD-4 formula) at Month 12 in de novo liver transplant recipients.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Incidence of composite of treated biopsy proven acute rejection (BPAR), graft loss or death [ Time Frame: 12 months after randomization ]
  • Incidence of HCV and HCV related fibrosis [ Time Frame: at 12 months after randomization ]
  • Incidence and severity of CMV viral infections. [ Time Frame: at 12 months after randomization ]
  • Incidence of de novo HCC malignancies [ Time Frame: at 12 weeks after randomization ]
  • Incidence of and response to HCV antiviral treatment [ Time Frame: at 12 months after randomization ]

Estimated Enrollment: 330
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: tacrolimus group
standby therapy
Drug: tacrolimus group
Experimental: tacrolimus minimization group
Everolimus (RAD001) as add-on
Drug: Everolimus (RAD001) as add-on


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

Inclusion criteria:

Male or female recipients of a full-size liver allograft, aged 18 to 65 years.

Exclusion criteria:

Patients with thrombocytopenia (platelets <50,000/mm³), with an absolute neutrophil count of <1,000/mm³ or leucopenia (leucocytes <2000/mm³), with anemia with Hb < 8g/dl at time of screening

Patients with uncontrolled hypercholesterolemia (>350mg/dL; >9mmol/L) or hypertriglyceridemia (>750 mg/dL; >8.5 mmol/L) at time of screening

History of malignancy of any organ system within the past 5 years whether or not there is evidence of local recurrence or metastases, other than non-metastatic basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or HCC (see next criteria).

Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01551212

Contact: Novartis Pharmaceuticals +41613241111
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Aachen, Germany, 52074
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Berlin, Germany, 13353
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Bonn, Germany, 53105
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Erlangen, Germany, 91052
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Essen, Germany, 45147
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Frankfurt, Germany, 60590
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Hamburg, Germany, 20246
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Hannover, Germany, 30625
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Heidelberg, Germany, 69120
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Kiel, Germany, 24105
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Leipzig, Germany, 04103
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Mainz, Germany, 55131
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Munchen, Germany, 81377
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Regensburg, Germany, 93053
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Tübingen, Germany, 72076
Sponsors and Collaborators
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Winicker Norimed GmbH
Study Director: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT01551212     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CRAD001HDE13
2011-003118-17 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: March 8, 2012
Last Updated: August 2, 2016

Keywords provided by Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals ):
Liver transplantation
kidney function

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Antifungal Agents
Calcineurin Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on September 21, 2017