Study to Evaluate the Use of Palifermin to Treat Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2014 by Yale University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Swedish Orphan Biovitrum
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Brett King, Yale University Identifier:
First received: January 13, 2014
Last updated: NA
Last verified: January 2014
History: No changes posted
To test the ability of palifermin (a recombinant human keratinocyte growth factor) to decrease mucocutaneous injury and to promote epithelial repair in Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome-Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Overlap, diseases in which there is extensive sloughing of the skin and mucosa, including that of the eyes, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory and genitourinary systems.

Condition Intervention Phase
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Drug: Palifermin
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Palifermin Treatment of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

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Further study details as provided by Yale University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time-to-cutaneous re-epithelialization [ Time Frame: The number of days between the start of palifermin administration and complete re-epithelialization of skin up to 14 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time-to-mucosal re-epithelialization [ Time Frame: The number of days between the start of palifermin administration and complete re-epithelialization of oral mucosa up to 14 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Time-to-cessation of epidermal necrosis [ Time Frame: The number of days between the start of palifermin administration and cessation of further epidermal necrosis up to 14 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 5
Study Start Date: October 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Palifermin
Palifermin 60 micrograms/kg/day IV for 3 consecutive days
Drug: Palifermin
Other Name: Kepivance


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Skin biopsy in early disease showing apoptotic keratinocytes in the epidermis and in more advanced disease necrosis of the entire epidermis
  • Epidermal detachment or erythematous to purpuric macules involving more than 10% of body surface area in addition to involvement of the oropharynx; there may be further involvement of other mucosal surfaces, ie. conjunctivae, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory and genitourinary epithelia
  • Age of 18 years old or older
  • The patient is expected to survive longer than 48 hours

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Skin detachment above 90% of the body surface area
  • Skin detachment has not progressed during the previous 48 hours
  • A positive serum pregnancy test
  • Age < 18 years old
  • Known hematologic or solid organ malignancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02037347

Contact: Brett A King, MD, PhD 203-737-4825

United States, Connecticut
Bridgeport Hospital Recruiting
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States, 06610
Sub-Investigator: Alisa Savetamal, MD         
Yale-New Haven Hospital Recruiting
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06510
Principal Investigator: Brett A King, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brett King
Swedish Orphan Biovitrum
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Brett King, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Yale University Identifier: NCT02037347     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0901004673  020901 
Study First Received: January 13, 2014
Last Updated: January 13, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Drug Hypersensitivity
Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Bacterial Infections
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Drug Eruptions
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Erythema Multiforme
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections
Immune System Diseases
Mouth Diseases
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Bacterial
Skin Diseases, Infectious
Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous
Staphylococcal Infections
Staphylococcal Skin Infections
Stomatognathic Diseases processed this record on February 11, 2016