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Etiologic Treatment With Benznidazole in Adult Patients With Chronic Chagas Disease. A Randomized Clinical Trial (TRAENA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02386358
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 11, 2015
Last Update Posted : March 11, 2015
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, Argentina
Pan American Health Organization
Becas Carrillo Oñativia, Ministerio de Salud, Argentina
Drugs for Neglected Diseases
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Adelina Rosa Riarte, Instituto Nacional de Parasitologia Dr. Mario Fatala Chaben

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is:

  1. -to determine whether benznidazole (BZN) will be able to modify the natural evolution of chronic Chagas disease in adult patients by means of a randomized, double-blind clinical trial (RCT).

    Also:

  2. -to validate therapeutic efficacy with new methods, such as recombinant antigen F29 of Trypanosoma cruzi visualized by conventional ELISA, in the context of the RCT compared with conventional serology (CS)
  3. -to develop the real-time polymerase chain-reaction (RT-PCR) to quantify the parasite load as an early therapeutic effect.
  4. to determine the potential of such serological and parasitological methods as predictors of therapeutic effect or failure.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chagas Disease Drug: Benznidazole Drug: Placebo Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Patients and Methods. Patients selected to be enrolled were born in Chagas disease endemic areas of Argentina and bordering countries such as Bolivia and Paraguay, whose current residence is in urban non endemic areas of Argentina. They were sorted by clinical stage: stage 0, 1, 2 and 3 according to a modified Kuschnir classification.1 Briefly, Stage 0 corresponds to patients only with reactive serology for Chagas disease; stage 1, patients with reactive serology plus electrocardiographic abnormalities; stage 2, patients with the abovementioned characteristics plus dilatation of left ventricle by echocardiography, and stage 3, patients with the abovementioned characteristics, plus cardiac failure.

The follow-up was performed every 4 months during the first 2 years, every 6 months in the 3rd and 4th year, and annually from then on until the end of the study in 2012.

The safety of TRAENA was controlled at days 25 and 45 intra-treatment by means of laboratory tests and clinical evaluation, and at any time that an adverse event was apparent in patients.

Adherence to medication administration was verified by means of a booklet where the patient recorded the daily intake of medication and any physical abnormality that appeared during the time they were taking of medicine. Adherence was controlled by a surveillance and recovery system which consisted of telephone calls, telegrams, letters or home visits that was termed "active monitoring", which was immediately applied to the control visit when the patient did not attend the corresponding schedule control.

Telephone calls were the most useful tool to recover adherence to monitoring. Patients were assigned to BZN or Placebo treatment by an investigator independent from the research group. Prior to randomization, a pre randomization stratification was performed according to prognostic factors based on clinical stages of Chagas disease.

A database was designed to be used as the registry for the whole study. Demographic, epidemiologic, serologic, parasitological and clinical variables were used in its design, and were registered pre treatment, intra treatment and post treatment throughout the monitoring. Medical records were the primary documents for the registry, where all the variables were recorded manually. Based on the data, variables were registered on a daily basis and a random weekly check was conducted on the data against the medical records. Our Standard Operating Procedure was based on the following procedures: patient screening, selection and coding, sample collection, serum bank, DNA sample storage, monitoring systematization, surveillance systems to recover patients who had discontinued monitoring, etc.

In October 2011 the Base Data Monitoring Board for the last Interim Analysis, recommended an addendum modifying the secondary outcomes, adding simple and combined events. These events were characterized only by electrocardiographic abnormalities or associated to echocardiographic ones. These events were evaluated up April 2013.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 910 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Etiologic Treatment With Benznidazole in Adult Patients With Chronic Chagas Disease. A Randomized Double Blind Clinical Trial
Study Start Date : March 1999
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Chagas Disease

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Benznidazole
Benznidazole pills of 100 mg, dose 5 mg/Kg/day, twice a day during 60 days
Drug: Benznidazole
Benznidazole at a dose 5 mg/Kg/day until 60 days have been completed or development of non-acceptable toxicity-
Other Name: Radanil (Roche Laboratory)

Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo pills 100 mg, dose 5mg/Kg/day, twice a day, during 60 days
Drug: Placebo
Placebo at a dose 5 m/Kg/day until 60 days
Other Name: Placebo pills




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cardiovascular Mortality [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented progression or date of death from any cause up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    Sudden death, unexpectedly in time and in its presentation,preceded by the abrupt loss of consciousness within a maximum of one hour of the onset of symptoms,when it happened during sleep or unexpectedly in a patient was stable until then. Related Death, when presented in a patient with signs of progressive heart failure.Ischemic or Hemorrhagic Stroke

  2. Development of heart failure [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented progression of heart failure up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    Dyspnea is evaluated according to the classification of the New York Heart Association (NYHA),gallop rhythm, jugular venous distension, crackles in the lungs, edema or pleural effusion,hepatomegaly

  3. Severe arrhythmias with hemodynamic compromise or pacemaker implant or Implantable cardiac defibrillator [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented progression up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    Sustained ventricular tachycardia, atrioventricular block, trifascicular block, Atrial fibrillation


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Electrocardiographic endpoints. New development of permanent changes in the electrocardiographic [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented as defined in the secondary outcome up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    • Stable sinus bradycardia (<50 beats / min)
    • Auriculoventricular blocks of 2nd and 3rd degree
    • Left anterior hemi-block
    • Complete right bundle branch block
    • Atrial flutter or fibrillation
    • Sustained ventricular tachycardia

  2. Changes in clinical stage in chronic Chagas disease [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented as defined in the secondary outcome up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    Clinical progression

  3. Enlargement of the left ventricle (LV) detected by echocardiography. [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented as defined in the secondary outcome up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    Clinical Progression

  4. New Heart Failure [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented as defined in the secondary outcome up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    Clinical Progression

  5. Stroke [ Time Frame: Time to event: from date of randomization until the date of first documented as defined in the secondary outcome up to 10 years of follow-up ]
    Clinical progression

  6. Serological negativization [ Time Frame: time to event: from the date of randomization to the date of the first documented serological negativization that persists until 10 years of follow-up ]
    by ELISA F29 vs. conventional serology as a late indicator of efficacy or therapeutic failure.

  7. Development and validation of RT-PCR [ Time Frame: time to event: from the date of randomization to the date of the first documented no detectable RT-PCR that persists until 10 years of follow-up ]
    Demonstration of RT-PCR as an early indicator of efficacy or therapeutic failure.

  8. Changes of the secondary objectives during RCT development. New single endpoints [ Time Frame: Since October 2011 during 18 months ]
    1. Any change in clinical stage 0 to II due to left ventricular enlargement demonstrated by echocardiogram, or I to III stage due to development of heart failure.
    2. Complete left branch block

      • 3. Atrial fibrillation
      • 4. Repetitive ventricular extrasystoles: doublets, triplets, bigemina, trigeminus, ventricular tachycardia

  9. Combined clinical endpoints: [ Time Frame: Since October 2011 during 18 months ]
    • Right bundle branch block associated with left anterior hemi-block.
    • Parietal motility disorders of left ventricle by echocardiography (akinesia, hypokinesia, and dyskinesia) associated with impaired left ventricular systolic function.
    • Parietal motility disorders of left ventricle by echocardiogram (Akinesia, Hypokinesia, dyskinesia) and /or impaired LV systolic function associated with new electrocardiographic changes (complete left branch block, right bundle branch block, left anterior hemi-block, ventricular extrasystoles.
    • Occurrence of left ventricle aneurysm point by echocardiogram associated to ventricular arrhythmia (section 2.4.1.4.).
    • Occurrence of left ventricle aneurysm point by echocardiogram associated with depression of LV systolic function by echocardiography.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients living in urban areas
  • Reactive to at least 2 for serological test performed in Fatala Chaben Institute (ELISA and IFI) ,
  • Patients who agreed to be part of this protocol through informed consent form signed

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with chronic Chagas disease who have received prior treatment with benznidazole
  • Other cardiomyopathies : idiopathic , alcoholic , peripartum myocarditis, secondary to coronary artery disease, valve disease, hypertension, restrictive, hypertrophic or congenital
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Bleeding disorders
  • History of liver disease or current liver disease ,
  • Any other severe clinical disease that decreases their life expectancy
  • History of severe allergies
  • Pregnant patients
  • Patients who have not signed the informed consent.

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Locations
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Argentina
Instituto Nacional de Parasitología Dr Mario Fatala Chaben
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1063
Sponsors and Collaborators
Instituto Nacional de Parasitologia Dr. Mario Fatala Chaben
National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, Argentina
Pan American Health Organization
Becas Carrillo Oñativia, Ministerio de Salud, Argentina
Drugs for Neglected Diseases
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Adellina R Riarte, MD Chief of Clinical, Pathology and Treatment Department

Additional Information:
Publications of Results:

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Responsible Party: Adelina Rosa Riarte, Adelina Rosa Riarte MD, Instituto Nacional de Parasitologia Dr. Mario Fatala Chaben
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02386358     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TRAENA
First Posted: March 11, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 11, 2015
Last Verified: March 2015
Keywords provided by Adelina Rosa Riarte, Instituto Nacional de Parasitologia Dr. Mario Fatala Chaben:
Chronic Chagas Disease
Randomized Clinical Trial double blind
Benznidazole vs Placebo
Adult patients
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Chagas Disease
Trypanosomiasis
Euglenozoa Infections
Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Benzonidazole
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Trypanocidal Agents
Antiprotozoal Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Anti-Infective Agents