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Study of Lurasidone in Treating Antipsychotic Naive or Quasi-Naive Children and Adolescents

This study has been completed.
Foundation of Hope, North Carolina
Johns Hopkins University
University of Maryland
The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Linmarie Sikich, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Identifier:
First received: November 14, 2012
Last updated: August 24, 2014
Last verified: August 2014
The overarching purpose of this pilot study is to collect preliminary data regarding the variability of weight gain associated with lurasidone (Latuda©) treatment of antipsychotic naive children and adolescents in order to inform decisions about including a lurasidone arm in a future large scale trial of different approaches to minimize antipsychotic associated weight gain in the pediatric population. In adults, lurasidone appears to cause minimal weight gain. The participants will be 6-19 years old with psychotic spectrum, mood spectrum, or autism spectrum disorders. They will have 4 weeks or less of lifetime antipsychotic exposure.

Condition Intervention Phase
Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophreniform Disorder
Psychosis NOS
Autistic Disorder
Asperger Syndrome
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Bipolar I Disorder
Bipolar II Disorder
Mood Disorder NOS
Severe Major Depression With Psychotic Features
Single Episode Major Depression Without Psychotic Symptoms
Severe Mood Disorder With Psychotic Features
Drug: Latuda©
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open-Label Pilot Study of Lurasidone in Treating Antipsychotic Naive or Quasi-Naive Children and Adolescents

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Further study details as provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Weight [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Percent change in weight from Baseline to Week 12 will be assessed as the primary outcome measure. Subjects will be asked to step on a special scale called a TANITA which will calculate weight, fat mass at each study visit.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of Participants Completing Treatment [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Data will be collected on why participants terminated the study. If terminated early, the specific reason will be collected such as efficacy or tolerability.

  • Changes in Efficacy Measures [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Efficacy measures including the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS-C) which measures symptomatology on five subscales including depression/anxiety, psychomotor excitation/mania, behavior problems, thinking disturbance, and organicity and the Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community (ABC-C) which focuses on problem behaviors in five subdomains, including irritability, attention, repetitive behaviors, unusual speech, and social withdrawal.

  • Side Effects [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Assessment of the medication side effects associated with lurasidone (Latuda©) in children and adolescents.

  • Overall Clinical Improvement [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Overall psychiatric functioning will be assessed with the severity (CGI-S) and improvement (CGI-I) subscales of the CGI. CGI-S items are rated from 1 (normal, not ill) to 7 (very severely ill). CGI-I items are rated from 1 (very much improved) to 7 (very much worse).

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: December 2012
Study Completion Date: August 2014
Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Flexible Dose Latuda©
Lurasidone (Latuda©)dose will be determined solely by the clinician in accordance with the best interests of each participant.
Drug: Latuda©
All subjects will be started on 20-40mg of Latuda© at night (suggested intake with food). Subsequently, the dose may be increased as clinically indicated and based on tolerability every 7 days by 20-40mg to a maximum of 160mg per day with food which may be given as a single or twice daily dose depending on participant's preference. The maintenance dose will be determined solely by the clinician in accordance with the best interests of each participant.
Other Name: Lurasidone Hydrochloride tablets

Detailed Description:
This is a multi-site, 12-week, open-label study assessing the weight and metabolic changes associated with lurasidone treatment. Antipsychotic naive subjects will start open-label treatment by following a flexible titration schedule. Quasi-antipsychotic naive subjects (less than 4 weeks of total AP treatment) will be started on lurasidone and tapered off the other antipsychotic over an estimated 4 weeks depending on the dose and tolerability of the prior antipsychotic. Other psychoactive medications including antidepressants, benzodiazepines, stimulants, alpha-2 agonists, and mood stabilizers are allowed as long as the dose is not changed, unless it is clinically necessary. Assessments of weight, efficacy, and side effects are conducted at baseline, week 2, week 4, week 8, and week 12. The primary outcome is percent change in weight. The secondary outcomes include psychiatric efficacy measures and side effects.

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female children and adolescents between 6 and 19 years of age of any race or ethnicity
  • Subject must meet DSM-IV-TR criteria for a psychotic spectrum, mood spectrum or autism spectrum disorder as defined by one of the following diagnoses:

    • schizophrenia (any type)
    • schizoaffective disorder
    • schizophreniform disorder
    • psychosis NOS
    • autistic disorder with significant irritability/aggression (ABC-C Irritability subscale score of greater than or equal to 18)
    • Asperger syndrome with significant irritability/aggression (ABC-C Irritability subscale score of greater than or equal to 18)
    • pervasive developmental disorder NOS with significant irritability/aggression (ABC-C Irritability subscale score of greater than or equal to 18)
    • bipolar type I
    • bipolar type II
    • mood disorder NOS
    • major depression with psychotic features
    • major depression (unresponsive to 2 different antidepressants)
    • severe mood dysregulation (SMD) according to Leibenluft and colleagues broad spectrum bipolar disorder
  • Subjects must have ≤ 4 weeks of lifetime exposure to an antipsychotic medication at any dosage. These medications include olanzapine (Zyprexa©), quetiapine (Seroquel©), risperidone (Risperdal©), ziprasidone (Geodon©), aripiprazole (Abilify©), asenapine (Saphris©), iloperidone (Fanapt©), lurasidone (Latuda©), haloperidol, chlorpromazine, perphenazine, fluphenazine, thiothixene, or clozapine
  • Subjects on other psychoactive medications are asked not to change dose of those medications during the course of the study unless clinically necessary
  • Sexually active girls must agree to use two effective forms of birth control (i.e. hormonal or spermicidal and barrier) or be abstinent)
  • Primary caretaker is able to participate in study appointments as is clinically indicated
  • Ability of child to participate in all aspects of the protocol per investigator's clinical judgment
  • After considering all aspects of study participation the subject (if an adult) or subject's parent or LAR must consent to participation
  • After considering all aspects of study participation, the subject must assent to participation if it is developmentally appropriate to obtain assent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Based on current or lifetime DSM-IV-TR criteria, a diagnosis of Eating Disorder (Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa)
  • Based on DSM-IV-TR criteria, a diagnosis of Substance Dependence Disorder (other than tobacco dependence) within the past month
  • Treatment with the following concomitant medications: strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (ex: Ketoconazole), strong CYP3A4 inducers (ex: Rifampin)
  • Current or past treatment with lurasidone (Latuda©) that resulted in a non-response or intolerance
  • Females who are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Ongoing or previously undisclosed child abuse requiring new department of social service intervention
  • Subjects who, in the Investigator's opinion, might not be suitable for the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01731119

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
United States, New York
The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Glen Oaks, New York, United States, 11004
United States, North Carolina
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27517
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Foundation of Hope, North Carolina
Johns Hopkins University
University of Maryland
The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Principal Investigator: Linmarie Sikich, MD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Principal Investigator: Mark Riddle, MD Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Christoph Correll, MD The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Principal Investigator: Gloria Reeves, MD University of Maryland
  More Information

Responsible Party: Linmarie Sikich, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Identifier: NCT01731119     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-2302
Study First Received: November 14, 2012
Last Updated: August 24, 2014

Keywords provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
Latuda,lurasidone,antipsychotics,autism, mood, psychosis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Asperger Syndrome
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Autistic Disorder
Mood Disorders
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Developmental Disabilities
Pathologic Processes
Behavioral Symptoms
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Lurasidone Hydrochloride
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs
Adrenergic alpha-2 Receptor Antagonists
Adrenergic alpha-Antagonists
Adrenergic Antagonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
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