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PROMINENT-Eye Ancillary Study (Protocol AD)

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Recruitment Status : Terminated (recruitment for the substudy did not meet the goals)
First Posted : November 17, 2017
Results First Posted : September 16, 2020
Last Update Posted : September 16, 2020
Kowa Company, Ltd.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jaeb Center for Health Research

Brief Summary:

Despite improved glycemic and systemic control for many patients with diabetes, over the past several decades, diabetic retinopathy (DR) develops and progresses in a large proportion of patients, and visual loss from diabetic eye complications continues to be a leading cause of blindness in the US and other developed countries worldwide. Thus, even a modest ability to prevent DR onset or to slow DR worsening might substantially reduce the number of patients at risk for diabetes-related vision loss worldwide. Widespread use of an oral agent effective at reducing worsening of DR might also decrease the numbers of patients who undergo treatment for DR and diabetic macular edema (DME) and who are consequently at risk for side effects that adversely affect visual function. Two major studies of fenofibrate, the Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) and The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD)-eye study, have demonstrated clinically important reduction in progression of retinopathy in patients with diabetes assigned to fibrate compared with placebo. However, despite the positive clinical trial results, fenofibrate has not gained wide acceptance as a preventive agent by either ophthalmologists or primary diabetes care providers. Thus, it is important to provide further evidence demonstrating whether or not selectively increasing peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) activity reduces progression of retinopathy in patients with diabetes and non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy at baseline. Pemafibrate is a more potent and selective PPARα modulator than fenofibrate. Its efficacy is currently being evaluated in the Pemafibrate to Reduce Cardiovascular OutcoMes by Reducing Triglycerides IN patiENts With diabeTes (PROMINENT) study for prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes. Given the large study cohort with a substantial proportion likely to have DR and the multi-year duration of the PROMINENT trial, this study represents a unique opportunity to assess effects of chronic PPARα activation through pemafibrate therapy on DR outcomes.

Primary Study Objective: To assess whether treatment with pemafibrate (0.2 mg orally BID) compared with placebo reduces the hazard rate of diabetic retinopathy worsening in adults with type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy without neovascularization in at least one eye who are participating in the parent PROMINENT trial.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic Macular Edema Drug: Pemafibrate Drug: Placebo Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 18 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: PROMINENT-Eye Ancillary Study: Diabetic Retinopathy Outcomes in a Randomized Trial of Pemafibrate Versus Placebo (Protocol AD)
Actual Study Start Date : January 15, 2018
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 3, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : April 3, 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Pemafibrate
.2 mg pemafibrate orally BID
Drug: Pemafibrate
0.2 mg orally BID - twice daily

Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo pill orally BID
Drug: Placebo
orally BID - twice daily

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Diabetic Retinopathy Worsening or Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) Development (Composite Outcome) [ Time Frame: 4 years ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Already randomized at US or Canadian sites in the PROMINENT study
  • Ability to cooperate with dilated ophthalmic examination and imaging procedures
  • At least one eye meets the following study eye inclusion criteria:

    1. Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) Diabetic Retinopathy Severity level between 20 and 53 (minimal to severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR)), inclusive, on color fundus photographs confirmed by central Reading Center grading.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Study eye exclusion criteria are:

    a. Neovascularization present. b. Current central-involved diabetic macular edema (DME based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) central subfield thickness (CST) i. Zeiss Cirrus: CST ≥ 290µm in women or ≥ 305µm in men ii. Heidelberg Spectralis: CST ≥ 305µm in women or ≥ 320µm in men c. Known major non-diabetic intraocular pathology that in the opinion of the investigator would substantially and adversely affect visual acuity or lead to ocular neovascularization during the course of the study d. Anticipated need for intravitreous anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), intravitreous corticosteroid, or pan-retinal photocoagulation (PRP) in the next 6 months following randomization e. History of intravitreous anti-VEGF or corticosteroid treatment within the prior year for any indication.

    f. History of intraocular surgery within prior 4 months or anticipated within the next 6 months following randomization g. Any history of PRP or vitrectomy h. History of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) capsulotomy performed within 2 months prior to screening i. Aphakia j. Known substantial media opacities that would preclude successful imaging

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03345901

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Jaeb Center for Health Research
Kowa Company, Ltd.
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Study Chair: Emily Chew, MD National Eye Institute (NEI)
  Study Documents (Full-Text)

Documents provided by Jaeb Center for Health Research:
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Responsible Party: Jaeb Center for Health Research Identifier: NCT03345901    
Other Study ID Numbers: Protocol AD
First Posted: November 17, 2017    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: September 16, 2020
Last Update Posted: September 16, 2020
Last Verified: August 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: Data related to the eye ancillary study will be made available after completion of the study and publication of the outcome manuscript.
Supporting Materials: Study Protocol
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Informed Consent Form (ICF)

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Jaeb Center for Health Research:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Macular Edema
Retinal Diseases
Diabetic Retinopathy
Macular Degeneration
Retinal Degeneration
Eye Diseases
Diabetic Angiopathies
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Diabetes Complications
Diabetes Mellitus
Endocrine System Diseases