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Effects of Niacin On Fatty Acid Trapping (NOFAT)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified November 2013 by University of Pennsylvania
Arizona Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Richard Dunbar, University of Pennsylvania Identifier:
First received: November 7, 2013
Last updated: NA
Last verified: November 2013
History: No changes posted

The purpose of this study is to understand whether a vitamin called NIcotinic ACid vitamIN (NIACIN for short, also known as vitamin B3) helps the body process dietary fat more efficiently. This is important because people with dyslipidemia have a problem with how they process fat, which raise the risk of heart disease.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dietary Supplement: Oral Fat Challenge
Other: Indocyanine Green
Dietary Supplement: Nialor
Dietary Supplement: Niaspan
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Pharmacodynamics Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Official Title: Effect of Niacin On Fatty Acid Trapping

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Triglycerides [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 hour post dose ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: December 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Niacin Oral Fat Challenge
(1) Niaspan(R) 1000mg or Placebo at hour 0, (2) Nialor(R) 500mg or Placebo at hour 0, 2, 4, and 6, (3) heavy cream drink with vitamin A (aqueous) 120,000 units dosed at 50g/m^2 of BSA, and (4) Indocyanine Green 0.5mg/kg at hours -0.5 and 3.
Dietary Supplement: Oral Fat Challenge
Heavy cream drink with vitamin A (aqueous) 120,000 units, 50 g/m^2 of body surface area (BSA)
Other: Indocyanine Green
Indocyanine Green 0.5mg/kg at hour -0.5 and 3
Dietary Supplement: Nialor
Nialor(R) 500mg or Placebo at hour 0, 2, 4, and 6
Dietary Supplement: Niaspan
Niaspan(R) 2000mg or Placebo at hour 0

Detailed Description:

This study includes three phases, which each have a separate purpose. At this time, we are only recruiting for Phase 2. The purpose of this particular phase is to measure the effects of niacin after drinking a glass of heavy cream as a source of fat. We hope that studying the way the body responds will help us better understand how niacin works.

In this study, we are interested in niacin's ability to lower triglycerides, or fat in the blood. We are studying two different forms of niacin and comparing them to each other. The two forms differ in how long they take to release niacin into the bloodstream. The first form is called Nialor, and is sometimes called immediate-release niacin because it is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. The second form is called Niaspan, and is sometimes called extended-release niacin because it is a time-released spansule that takes longer to get into the bloodstream. We are comparing the two forms because we think that the time that it takes to absorb niacin may affect how it works. We also want to understand one of the common effects of niacin: skin flushing. Most people who take niacin experience flushing, which is a hot flash. In this study, we are studying whether the two forms of niacin cause different degrees of flushing. Niaspan is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat unfavorable cholesterol levels and prevent heart attacks in those who have already suffered heart attacks. Nialor is available over the counter as a supplement and contains Silymarin (milk thistle) and Policosanol (an extract from sugar cane) in addition to niacin.


Ages Eligible for Study:   22 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meet protocol defined criteria for atherogenic dyslipidemia phenotype
  • Men and non-pregnant, non-lactating women between the ages of 22 and 75
  • Fasting triglycerides <500 mg/dL
  • Ability to understand and agree to informed consent
  • Willingness to comply with study-related procedures

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Dysbetalipoproteinemia
  • History of extreme triglyceridemia (TG >500 mg/dL) or pancreatitis from triglyceridemia, regardless of whether it is currently controlled
  • LDL >190 mg/dL
  • History of chronic renal insufficiency (serum creatinine >2.0 mg/dL)
  • History of non-skin malignancy within the previous 5 years
  • Subject reported history of HIV
  • Uncontrolled thyroid disease
  • Hypoalbuminemia (serum albumin >2.5 mg/dL)
  • Exposure to an investigational drug within 6 weeks prior to the screening visit
  • Any major active rheumatologic, pulmonary, or dermatologic disease or inflammatory condition
  • Major surgery within the previous 6 weeks
  • Subjects who have undergone any organ transplant
  • History of drug abuse within the past 3 years, or regular alcohol use >14 drinks per week
  • Women who are breast-feeding
  • Women who are pregnant by urine pregnancy test at each visit
  • Serious or unstable medical or psychological conditions that, in the opinion of the investigator, would compromise the subject's safety or successful participation in the study
  • Change in statin dose within 6 weeks of the first experimental visit
  • Use of the following non-statin lipid-altering therapy within 6 weeks of the first experimental visit: Niacin > 100 mg/day (Niacor, Slo-Niacin, Niaspan, Advicor, or supplemental niacin), Fibrates [gemfibrozil (Lopid), fenofibrate (Antara, Lofibra, Tricor, Triglide)], Enterically active drugs [colestipol (Colestid), cholestyramine (Questran), colesevelam (Welchol), ezetimibe (Zetia, Vytorin)], Red yeast rice, Fish oil (Omacor, numerous supplements)
  • Use of medications indicated for the treatment of diabetes within 6 weeks of the screening visit
  • Known intolerance or contraindication to niacin (e.g., moderate to severe gout, severe peptic ulcer disease)
  • Medical condition that would prohibit fasting (e.g., diagnosis of insulinoma or postabsorptive hypoglycemia)
  • Significant disinclination to dairy products (e.g., lactose intolerance, inviolable dietary restrictions)
  • History of anaphylactic reaction
  • For indocyanine green substudy: iodine allergy or shellfish allergy (n.b. a subject with an allergy can participate in the overall experiment, but will forego the indocyanine green tracer study)
  • Donation of blood 8 weeks and/or treatment with medications for psychiatric disorders
  • Hemoglobin <10 g/dL
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01984073

Contact: Laura J Pollan, MPH 215-615-4740

United States, Pennsylvania
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Laura J Pollan, MPH    215-615-4740   
Principal Investigator: Richard L Dunbar, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Daniel J Rader, MD         
Presbyterian Hospital Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Laura J Pollan, MPH    215-615-4740   
Principal Investigator: Richard L Dunbar, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Daniel J Rader, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Arizona Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Principal Investigator: Richard L Dunbar, MD University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Richard Dunbar, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Identifier: NCT01984073     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NOFAT, K23HL091130
Study First Received: November 7, 2013
Last Updated: November 7, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration
United States: Institutional Review Board

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Atherogenic dyslipidemia phenotype processed this record on March 26, 2015