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Medication Development in Alcoholism: Investigating PPAR Agonists

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: NCT02158273
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 6, 2014
Results First Posted : June 2, 2017
Last Update Posted : June 2, 2017
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Barbara J. Mason, The Scripps Research Institute

Brief Summary:
The primary hypotheses under test are that alcohol dependent subjects treated with fenofibrate will report decreased craving for alcohol following cue-exposure in the laboratory and report less drinking post treatment relative to placebo.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alcoholism Drug: Sugar Pill Drug: TRICOR (fenofibrate) Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Medication Development in Alcoholism: Investigating PPAR Agonists
Study Start Date : May 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2016

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Drug Information available for: Fenofibrate

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: TRICOR (fenofibrate) Drug: TRICOR (fenofibrate)
145 mg/day, oral pill, 9 days
Other Names:
  • Fenofibrate
  • Fenoglide
  • Trilipix
  • Lipofen

Placebo Comparator: Sugar Pill Drug: Sugar Pill
145 mg/day, oral pill, 9 days

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Visual Analog Scale of Craving to Drink at 1 Week Following Administration of Fenofibrate or Placebo During the Double-Blind Period [ Time Frame: 1 week following administration of fenofibrate ]
    The four Visual Analog Scale (VAS) questions assess domains of alcohol craving: the intention to drink, loss of control, relief craving, and urge intensity. Each VAS scale item score ranges from 1-20 where a one indicates no craving and 20 indicates severe craving; thus, a higher score indicates a worse outcome. Total is a summation of the four VAS item scores (i.e. Intent, Impulse, Relief, Strength) and ranges in value from 4-80 with higher scores indicative of a worse outcome.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change From Baseline in Standard Drinks Per Week at 1 Week [ Time Frame: 1 week ]
    Standard drinks are equivalent to 14 grams of pure alcohol and number of drinks are assessed with Timeline Follow-Back (TLFB) methods. Change = (Week 1 - Baseline). More negative values indicate less use of alcohol.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female volunteers, 18-65 years of age
  • Meets DSM-V criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder ≥ moderate severity and DSM-IV criteria for current alcohol dependence
  • Subjects will not be seeking treatment because the medication studies are not treatment trials
  • Subjects must be abstinent a minimum of 3 days (but not more than 7 days) prior to the human lab session
  • Negative BAC and a CIWA score of < 9 at screening and time of lab session to eliminate acute alcohol or withdrawal effects on dependent measures
  • In acceptable health in the judgment of the study physician, on the basis of interview, medical history, physical exam, ECG, urine test and lab tests
  • Females with childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test on the screening visit with a negative urine pregnancy test at randomization and agree to use an effective method of birth control for the study duration and two weeks thereafter.
  • Subjects must be able to complete and understand questionnaires and study procedures in English and sign an informed consent
  • Willingness to comply with the provisions of the protocol and take daily oral medication

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with a medical condition that contraindicates the administration of fenofibrate or that will increase potential risk as determined by the Study Physician.
  • GGT more than 3 times the upper limit of normal
  • Female subjects with childbearing potential who are pregnant, nursing, or refuse to use an effective method of birth control for the duration of the study and two weeks thereafter
  • Meets DSM-V criteria for a major Axis I disorder including mood or anxiety disorders or substance use disorders (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, PCP) other than alcohol or nicotine
  • Has a positive UDS at screening or Visit 3 (laboratory session)
  • Treatment within the month prior to screening with an investigational drug, vaccine or drugs that may influence study outcomes, or drugs that may pose a safety risk as determined by the Study Physician.
  • History of hypersensitivity to the study drugs or the ingredients

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02158273

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United States, California
Susan Quello
La Jolla, California, United States, 92037
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Scripps Research Institute
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
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Principal Investigator: Barbara J. Mason, Ph.D. The Scripps Research Institute
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Responsible Party: Barbara J. Mason, PI, The Scripps Research Institute Identifier: NCT02158273    
Other Study ID Numbers: AA012602-14A1
R01AA012602 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: June 6, 2014    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: June 2, 2017
Last Update Posted: June 2, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Keywords provided by Barbara J. Mason, The Scripps Research Institute:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents