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A Study Comparing the Safety and Effectiveness of Cartilage Cell Injected Into the Lumbar Disc as Compared to a Placebo

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: NCT01771471
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Change in clinical strategy)
First Posted : January 18, 2013
Last Update Posted : August 31, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
ISTO Technologies, Inc.

Brief Summary:
This is a clinical study to collect safety and preliminary efficiency information on the use of NuQu chondrocytes (cartilage cells) delivered to the center of a lumbar spinal disc to treat low back pain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Degenerative Disc Disease Biological: NuQu Other: Placebo Phase 2

Detailed Description:
This is a Phase II clinical study to collect additional safety data and preliminary efficiency of juvenile chondrocytes, delivered in fibrin carrier (NuQu®) to the nucleus of lumbar intervertebral discs for the treatment of discogenic pain. This to be accomplished through a double blinded, placebo-controlled study of clinically meaningful endpoints including validated, subject reported outcomes of pain and disability, health related quality of life and subject satisfaction with treatment.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 44 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II, Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Study Evaluating the Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Discs With Allogeneic Cultured Chondrocytes
Study Start Date : November 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: NuQu treatment
single administration
Biological: NuQu
Allogenic juvenile chondrocytes (NuQu) in fibrin carrier.

single administration
Other: Placebo
0.9% w/v Sodium Chloride for Injection, USP

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Oswestry Disability Index [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Subject Satisfaction as measured by subject's willingness to have the same procedure for the same condition [ Time Frame: 24 Months ]
    Success to be measured by the response of "Definitely True" or "Mostly True" to the following: "All things considered I would have the treatment again for the same condition".

  2. MRI [ Time Frame: 24 Months ]
  3. Visual Analog Scale [ Time Frame: 24 Months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject is able to provide informed consent and must sign the Institutional Review Board approved Informed Consent Form;
  • Is at least 21 years of age;
  • Have central low back pain aggravated by movement and or postural changes (standing/sitting);
  • Have had back pain for at least 6 months, and have failed conservative management
  • One Grade III or IV (Pfirrmann Scale) degenerated lumbar disc;

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current disc extrusion at any level in their lumbar spine; disc bulges or protrusions at any level in the lumbar spine resulting in nerve root compression;
  • Severe disc narrowing (equal to or more than 50% loss of disc height at the targeted level);
  • Type II or III Modic changes at any level;
  • Type I Modic changes at any level other than the targeted level;
  • Type I Modic changes at the treated level if maximum height of the changes is 25% or more of the vertebral body height;
  • Osteoporotic compression fracture at any vertebral level;
  • Lumbar Scheurmann's disease;
  • Antero or retrolisthesis ≥ 3mm at any level;
  • Currently experiencing chronic pain generating from any other source, which (in the judgment of the investigator) may interfere with the evaluation of back pain, and or disability;
  • Infection at the planned treatment site, history of systemic or local infection, which (in the investigator's judgment) may compromise subject participation and/or safety;
  • Currently diagnosed with immune-deficiency, which in the investigator's opinion may compromise subject participation and/or safety;
  • Receiving any immune-suppressant therapies other than short term steroid preparations;
  • BMI≥40;
  • Diagnosed with any comorbid conditions including: abnormal bleeding, AIDS, diabetes, hepatic or renal disease, and cardiopulmonary disorders such as COPD, MI and CHF; active malignancy or history of malignancy, or diseases of bone metabolism, which in the investigator's opinion may compromise subject participation and/or safety;
  • Has a history of alcoholism, medication or intravenous drug abuse, psychosis, is a prisoner, has a personality disorder(s), poor motivation, emotional or intellectual issues that would likely make the subject unreliable for the study, or 3 or more Waddell Signs of nonorganic Behavior or any combination of variables in the Investigator's judgment that should exclude a potential subject;
  • Has pending litigation against a health care professional, except where required by the insurer as a condition of coverage, personal injury compensation or litigation claims;
  • Has active or pending workers' compensation claims;
  • Has contraindications for MRI.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01771471

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United States, Alabama
Alabama Orthopedic and Spine Center
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35235
United States, California
California Spine Diagnostics
San Francisco, California, United States, 94115
The Spine Institute, Center for Spinal Restoration
Santa Monica, California, United States, 90403
United States, Georgia
Ortho Georgia
Macon, Georgia, United States, 31210
United States, Massachusetts
Tufts University School of Medicine
Newton, Massachusetts, United States, 02458
United States, New York
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York, United States, 10065
United States, North Carolina
Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 28204
United States, Oregon
The NeuroSpine Institute
Eugene, Oregon, United States, 79401
United States, Texas
Spine Team Texas
Southlake, Texas, United States, 76092
United States, Virginia
Spinal Reseach Foundation
Reston, Virginia, United States, 20190
Sponsors and Collaborators
ISTO Technologies, Inc.
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Principal Investigator: Domagoj Coric, MD Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates
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Responsible Party: ISTO Technologies, Inc. Identifier: NCT01771471    
Other Study ID Numbers: ISTO-NUQ02-10-12-00
First Posted: January 18, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 31, 2017
Last Verified: September 2016
Keywords provided by ISTO Technologies, Inc.:
back pain
intervertebral disc
lumbar spine
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
Spinal Diseases
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases