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mulTi-Arm Therapeutic Study in Pre-ICu Patients Admitted With Covid-19 - Repurposed Drugs (TACTIC-R) (TACTIC-R)

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: NCT04390464
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2020 by Frances Hall, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : May 15, 2020
Last Update Posted : May 18, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Frances Hall, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Brief Summary:

TACTIC-R is a randomised, parallel arm, open-label platform trial for investigating potential treatment for COVID-19 disease. While SARS-CoV infection evades detection by the immune system in the first 24 hours of infection, it ultimately produces a massive immune system response in the subgroup of people who develop severe complications. Most tissue damage following infection with COVID19 appears to be due to a later, exaggerated, host immune response. This leads to lung and sometimes multi-organ damage.

Most people who develop these severe complications still have virus present in their respiratory tract at the time-point when the disease starts to evolve. Immune modulation in the presence of active infection has potential to cause more harm than benefit. Safety considerations when studying immune modulation strategies are paramount. Therefore, this study proposes to assess the efficacy of immunomodulatory agents that target dysregulated immune response that drive the severe lung, and other organ, damage. The medications investigated for efficacy in this trial are Baricitinib and Ravulizumab.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
COVID19 Drug: Ravulizumab Drug: Baricitinib Other: Standard of care Phase 4

Detailed Description:

TACTIC-R will assess the efficacy of the immunomodulatory agents Baricitinib and Ravulizumab as potential treatments for COVID-19 disease against Standard of Care alone. These agents target the dysregulated immune response that drives the severe lung, and other organ, damage frequently seen during COVID-19 infection. This trial will compare these immunomodulatory agents to Standard of Care over a 14-day treatment period, with follow-up at 28 and 90 days. Patients will be randomised in a 1:1:1 ratio across treatments.

TACTIC-R will use a platform design with interim analysis to make efficient decisions about efficacy and futility (e.g. lack of efficacy and risk of harm) of the trial treatments. This enables the trial to stop recruiting to arms early where a clear efficacy decision can be made. It also allows for the addition of further arms.

TACTIC-R will also iterate an algorithm for use of clinical and biochemical phenotyping to:

  1. Stratify patients to therapeutic arms according to probability of efficacy
  2. Identify early indicators of failure of therapeutic strategy.

By collecting samples for genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and immunological phenotyping, parallel studies associated with TACTIC-R will investigate host susceptibility factors for development of severe COVID-19-related disease and predictive biomarkers of response to therapeutic strategy.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 1167 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: TACTIC-R is a randomised, parallel arm, open-label platform trial.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: mulTi-Arm Therapeutic Study in Pre-ICu Patients Admitted With Covid-19 - Repurposed Drugs (TACTIC-R)
Actual Study Start Date : May 8, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : May 7, 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : May 1, 2022

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Standard of care
Standard of care
Other: Standard of care
Regular standard of care for COVID-19 patients

Experimental: Ravulizumab + Standard of care
Ravulizumab IV (adjusted to weight, Day 1 only)
Drug: Ravulizumab
Ravulizumab (Ultomiris, Alexion Pharmaceuticals) is a monoclonal antibody that binds to terminal complement protein C5 and prevents the complement-mediated destruction of cells. It is administered by intravenous infusion. Ravulizumab has a marketing authorisation in the UK for treating Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria in adults.
Other Name: Ultomiris

Experimental: Baricitinib + Standard of care
Baricitinib PO OD (4mg, Days 1-14)
Drug: Baricitinib
Baricitinib is administered orally once daily. It is licensed for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, it is a relatively fast acting disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug and has the potential to be scaled up for use for a pandemic.
Other Name: Olumiant

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Time to incidence of the composite endpoint of: Death, Mechanical ventilation, ECMO, Cardiovascular organ support, or Renal failure [ Time Frame: up to Day 14 ]
    Number of days taken for occurrence of one of the following events: 1. Death 2. Mechanical ventilation 3. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) 4. Cardiovascular organ support (balloon pump or inotropes) 5. Renal failure (estimated creatinine clearance (by Cockcroft-Gault formula) <15 ml /min/1.73m^2), haemofiltration or dialysis

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in clinical status as assessed on 7-point ordinal scale compared to baseline [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    The clinical status of the patients is assessed using 7-point ordinal scale as follows: 1 = Death, 2 = Mechanical ventilation, 3 = Non-invasive or high flow oxygen, 4 = Low flow oxygen, 5 = Hospitalised - no oxygen, 6 = Discharged - normal activities not resumed, 7 = Discharged - normal activities resumed

  2. Proportion of patients with adverse events of special interest in each treatment arm [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    The proportion of patients in each treatment arm that experience adverse events of special interest, defined as: venous thromboembolism, new infections requiring antimicrobials

  3. Time to Sp02 >94% on room air [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    The time taken to achieve blood oxygen saturation levels above 94% in patients on room air, measured in hours/days

  4. Time to first negative SARS-CoV2 PCR [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    The amount of time between a patient's first positive SARS-CoV2 PCR test and a patient's first negative SARS-CoV2 PCR test, measured in days

  5. Duration of oxygen therapy [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    The duration of oxygen therapy given to a patient, measured in days

  6. Duration of hospitalisation [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    The duration of hospitalisation of a patient, measured in days

  7. All cause mortality at day 28 [ Time Frame: 28 Days ]
    The number of deaths recorded at 28 days irrespective of the cause

  8. Time to clinical improvement [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    The time to clinical improvement for a patient, defined as: >2 point improvement from Day 1 on the 7-point ordinal scale, measured in days

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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

To be included in the trial the participant must:

  1. Be aged 18 and over
  2. Have clinical picture strongly suggestive of COVID-19-related (with/without positive COVID-19 test) AND

    • Risk count (as defined below) >3 OR
    • ≥ 3 if risk count includes "Radiographic severity score >3"
  3. Be considered an appropriate subject for intervention with immunomodulatory in the opinion of the supervising clinician
  4. Be able to be maintained on venous thromboembolism prophylaxis or current maintenance therapy during inpatient dosing period, according to local guidelines

Exclusion Criteria

The presence of any of the following will preclude participant inclusion:

  1. Inability to supply direct informed consent or assent from Next of Kin or Independent Healthcare Provider on behalf of patient
  2. Mechanical ventilation at time of prior to dosing
  3. Contraindications to study drugs, including hypersensitivity to the active substances or any of the excipients
  4. Currently on any of the study investigational medicinal products
  5. Known unresolved Neisseria meningitidis infection
  6. Unwilling to be vaccinated against Neisseria meningitidis or receive prophylactic antibiotic cover until 2 weeks after vaccination
  7. Known active tuberculosis (no blood screening required)
  8. Known active Hepatitis B or C (no blood screening required); active varicella zoster
  9. Concurrent participation in any interventional clinical trial including COVID-19-related disease trials (observational studies allowed)
  10. Patient moribund at presentation or screening
  11. Pregnancy at screening (or unwillingness to adhere to pregnancy advice in protocol)
  12. Unwillingness to adhere to breastfeeding advice in protocol
  13. Either alanine transaminase or aspartate transaminase (ALT or AST) > 5 times the upper limit of normal
  14. Stage 4 severe chronic kidney disease or requiring dialysis (i.e. Cockcroft Gault estimated creatinine clearance < 30 ml /min/1.73 m^2)
  15. Currently receiving probenecid or chronic IVIG treatment
  16. Any medical history or clinically relevant abnormality that is deemed by the principal investigator and/or medical monitor to make the patient ineligible for inclusion because of a safety concern.

Risk Count

Patients will be given a Risk Count equal to the cumulative points received for the following criteria (no = 0 points, yes = 1 point):

Male gender, Age > 40 years, Non-white ethnicity, Diabetes, Hypertension, Neutrophils > 8.0x10^9/L, CRP > 40mg/L, Radiographic severity score >3

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04390464

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Contact: Elena Hernan-Sancho 01223 349132 ext 349132

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United Kingdom
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Recruiting
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, CB2 0QQ
Contact: Elena Hernan Sanch0    01223369824   
Contact: Maria King    07792173955   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Principal Investigator: Frances Hall Hall, FRCP (UK), D.Phil Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Frances Hall, Consultant Rheumatologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Identifier: NCT04390464    
Other Study ID Numbers: TACTIC-R
First Posted: May 15, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 18, 2020
Last Verified: May 2020

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Respiratory Tract Infections
Pneumonia, Viral
Virus Diseases
Coronavirus Infections
Coronaviridae Infections
Nidovirales Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Complement Inactivating Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs