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1% Topical Pimecrolimus Cream for the Treatment of the Rash Associated With ERBITUX

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2014 by West Virginia University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mohammed Almubarak, MD, West Virginia University Identifier:
First received: July 11, 2012
Last updated: January 6, 2014
Last verified: January 2014

When cancer patients are treated with the drug cetuximab they very often develop a rash. Usually it appears on their face and back and other parts of the body. The rash looks like acne and is treated with skin creams or antibiotics most of the time. The rash can become very painful and cause patients to stop using cetuximab to treat their cancer, even if cetuximab was helping fight their cancer.

Cetuximab is known to be a good drug to help treat cancer. This study will help us learn about the rash cetuximab causes so hopefully future patients can finish taking cetuximab for their cancer. In this study the investigators will use a cream called pimecrolimus (Elidel) to see if it will help prevent the rash or keep the rash from getting worse. The investigators also want to see how the rash affects patients and their quality of life.

Participants will be in this study for about four weeks if their rash does not get worse. They will need to apply the study cream and placebo two times daily and answer quality of life questionnaires during this study. Participants will also be seen by a dermatologist and have pictures taken of their rash.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Pimecrolimus
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: 1% Topical Pimecrolimus Cream for the Prevention of Rash Associated With the Use of the EGFR Antagonist, Cetuximab

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Further study details as provided by West Virginia University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Prevention of cetuximab rash [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
    To determine if 1% pimecrolimus prevents the rash associated with treatment with cetuximab, as assessed by lesion counts on clinical photographs after two weeks of treatment.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of Life [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2 weeks and 4 weeks ]
    To determine the effect of the rash on quality of life of patients, as determined by the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) scores at the end of two weeks of treatment.

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: February 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Investigational Cream/Placebo Cream
Patients will apply a thin layer of the investigational cream twice daily for four weeks (unless rash worsens sooner) to one half of face at the same time the are started on cetuximab. Patients will be provided with a placebo cream to apply to the other side of their face. The study coordinator will instruct the patient regarding which side of the face to apply the investigational cream. This will be randomly assigned by the study coordinator based on a randomization list generated by the biostatistics core and will only be known to the study coordinator.
Drug: Pimecrolimus
Pimecrolimus 1% topical cream twice daily for four weeks.
Other Name: Elidel

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient is starting treatment with cetuximab at the WVU Cancer Center
  • Patient has advanced (unresectable or metastatic) malignancy
  • Patient is expected to remain on cetuximab treatment for at least 2 weeks after enrollment on study.
  • Patients should be 18 years or older
  • Patients should not have a known contraindication to topical pimecrolimus therapy
  • Patients should have given written informed consent
  • Sexually active men and women of child bearing potential agree to use an effective method of contraception during study participation and for three months afterwards.
  • Negative pregnancy test for woman of child bearing potential

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known allergy to topical pimecrolimus.
  • Patients with active or recent (within one month) infection in face
  • Psoriasis, eczema or others skin conditions not related to cetuximab involving face
  • Pregnant or nursing women
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01692626

Contact: Lea Morris-Lane, RN 304-293-2633
Contact: Brendan Curley, DO 304-293-4229

United States, West Virginia
West Virginia University Hospitals Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Recruiting
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States, 26506
Contact: Lea Morris-Lane, RN    304-293-2633   
Contact: Govardhanan Nagaiah, MD    304-293-4299   
Principal Investigator: Mohammed Almubarak, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Sobha Kurian, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Miklos Auber, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Scot Remick, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Zachary Zinn, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Lisa Giblin Sutton, PharmD         
Sub-Investigator: Gerry Hobbs, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Manish Monga, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Brendan Curley, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Farhad Khimani, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mohammed Almubarak, MD
Principal Investigator: Mohammed Almubarak, MD West Virginia University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mohammed Almubarak, MD, Assistant Professor (Principal Investigator), West Virginia University Identifier: NCT01692626     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WVU21011 
Study First Received: July 11, 2012
Last Updated: January 6, 2014

Keywords provided by West Virginia University:
Cetuximab rash
Erbitux rash
1% Topical pimecrolimus cream

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Antineoplastic Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Calcineurin Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on February 24, 2017