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

This study has been terminated.
(Interim analysis shows no efficacy)
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01692626
First Posted: September 25, 2012
Last Update Posted: March 15, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
West Virginia University
  Purpose

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
Rash Drug: Pimecrolimus Drug: Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, 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:
  • Percentage of Participants That do Not Experience Rash From Cetuximab Treatment on the Pimecrolimus Side of the Face. [ 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.


Enrollment: 13
Study Start Date: February 2012
Study Completion Date: April 2014
Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Pimecrolimus on Left vs. Placebo on Right
Patients will apply a thin layer of the Pimecrolimus 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 applied twice daily for four weeks on one side of the face.
Other Name: Elidel
Drug: Placebo
Placebo cream applied twice daily for four weeks on opposite side of the face from the Pimecrolimus side.
Experimental: Pimecrolimus on Right vs. Placebo on Left
Patients will apply a thin layer of the Pimecrolimus 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 applied twice daily for four weeks on one side of the face.
Other Name: Elidel
Drug: Placebo
Placebo cream applied twice daily for four weeks on opposite side of the face from the Pimecrolimus side.

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  Eligibility

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

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
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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): NCT01692626


Locations
United States, West Virginia
West Virginia University Hospitals Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States, 26506
Sponsors and Collaborators
West Virginia University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mohammed Almubarak, MD West Virginia University
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: West Virginia University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01692626     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WVU21011
First Submitted: July 11, 2012
First Posted: September 25, 2012
Results First Submitted: December 8, 2014
Results First Posted: March 15, 2017
Last Update Posted: March 15, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cetuximab
Pimecrolimus
Tacrolimus
Antineoplastic Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Analgesics
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