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Clinical Trial of Iclepertin Effect on Cognition and Functional Capacity in Schizophrenia (CONNEX-1)

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. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04846868
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 15, 2021
Last Update Posted : May 6, 2023
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boehringer Ingelheim

Brief Summary:

This study is open to adults with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can affect the way a person thinks, their memory and their mental functioning. Examples include struggling to remember things, or to read a book or pay attention to a movie. Some people have difficulty calculating the right change or planning a trip so that they arrive on time. The purpose of this study is to find out whether a medicine called Iclepertin improves learning and memory in people with schizophrenia.

Participants are put into two groups randomly, which means by chance. One group takes Iclepertin tablets and the other group takes placebo tablets. Placebo tablets look like Iclepertin tablets but do not contain any medicine. Participants take a tablet once a day for 26 weeks. In addition, all participants take their normal medication for schizophrenia.

During this time, doctors regularly test learning and memory of the participants by use of questionnaires, interviews, and computer tests. The results of the mental ability tests are compared between the groups.

Participants are in the study for about 8 months and visit the study site about 14 times. During this time, doctors regularly check participants' health and take note of any unwanted effects.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Drug: Iclepertin Drug: Placebo Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 586 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase III Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Parallel Group Trial to Examine the Efficacy and Safety of Iclepertin Once Daily Over 26 Week Treatment Period in Patients With Schizophrenia (CONNEX-1)
Actual Study Start Date : June 16, 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 3, 2025
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 31, 2025

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Iclepertin Drug: Iclepertin

Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from baseline in overall composite T-score of the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (MATRICS) Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) after 26 weeks of treatment [ Time Frame: at baseline and at week 26 ]
    MCCB comprises 10 tests, which assess 7 cognitive domains, including speed of processing, attention vigilance, working memory, verbal learning, visual learning, reasoning and problem solving, and social cognition

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from baseline in the Schizophrenia Cognition Rating Scale (SCoRS) interviewer total score after 26 weeks of treatment [ Time Frame: at baseline and at week 26 ]
    SCoRS is a 20-item interview-based assessment of cognitive deficits and the degree to which they affect day-to-day functioning. Each item is rated on a 4-point scale. Higher ratings reflect a greater degree of impairment.

  2. Change from baseline to Week 26 in the adjusted total time T-score in the Virtual Reality Functional Capacity Assessment Tool (VRFCAT) [ Time Frame: at baseline and at week 26 ]
  3. Change from baseline to Week 26 in the T-score of the number of correct responses on Tower of London (ToL) test [ Time Frame: at baseline and at week 26 ]
  4. Change from screening visit 1a to Week 24 in Patient Reported Experience of Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia (PRECIS) total score [ Time Frame: up to 24 weeks ]
    PRECIS is a patient reported outcome (PRO) for recording patients' subjective experience of Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia (CIAS). The questionnaire contains 28 items covering 6 domains: Memory (6 items), communication (4 items), self-control (3 items), executive function (4 items), attention (6 items), and sharp thinking (3 items). Two additional items assess the overall degree of bother associated with all domains. Questions are answered via a 5-category Likert scale, with higher scores corresponding to worse patient experience. The Total Score is derived by calculating the simple average score of the first 26 items.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria

  1. Patients must be capable of providing signed and dated written informed consent by date of Visit 1 in accordance with ICH Harmonized Tripartite Guideline for Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) and the local legislation prior to the admission to the trial.
  2. Male or female patients who are 18-50 years (inclusive) of age at time of consent.
  3. Diagnosis of schizophrenia utilizing Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-5) with the following clinical features:

    • Outpatient, clinically stable and in the residual (non-acute) phase of their illness.
    • No hospitalization or increase in level of psychiatric care due to worsening of schizophrenia within 12 weeks prior to randomization.
    • Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) score: items P1, P3-P6 ≤ 5 and item P2 and P7 ≤ 4 at Visit 1, and confirmed at Visit 2.
  4. Patients should have functional impairment in day-to-day activities such as difficulties following conversation or expressing themselves, difficulties to stay focused, difficulties to remember instructions, what to say or how to get to places, per investigator judgement.
  5. Patients maintained on current antipsychotic treatment (minimum 1 and maximum 2 antipsychotics, but clozapine is not allowed) for at least 12 weeks and on current dose for at least 35 days prior to randomization.

    -- For patients on two antipsychotics, at least one antipsychotic must be within the approved label dose range. The second antipsychotic must not exceed the maximum daily dose per local label.

    Note: If the total dose is stable, different dosage forms of the same antipsychotic treatment will be considered as one antipsychotic.

  6. Patients with any other concomitant psychoactive medications (except for anticholinergics) need to be maintained on same drug for at least 12 weeks and on current dose/ regimen for at least 35 days prior to randomization.

    • Maximum daily benzodiazepine load of up to 1 mg lorazepam-equivalent.
    • For any other psychoactive medications, doses cannot exceed the maximum daily dose per local label.
  7. Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) must be ready and able to use highly effective methods of birth control per Non-Clinical Safety Studies for the Conduct of Human Clinical Trials and Marketing Authorization for Pharmaceuticals (ICH M3 (R2)) that result in a low failure rate of less than 1% per year when used consistently and correctly. A list of contraception methods meeting these criteria is provided in the protocol. Such methods should be used throughout the trial, and for a period of at least 35 days after last trial drug intake, and the patient must agree to periodic pregnancy testing during participation in the trial.
  8. Have a study partner, defined as any person either private or professional who knows the patient well, has been capable of interacting with the patient on regular basis, and preferably consistent throughout the study.

    • The study partner must interact with the subject a minimum 1 hour per week and, preferably, at least 2 times a week. At least one interaction per week should be in person.
    • The study partner must have educational achievement of minimum 8th grade.
    • Professional study partners (e.g. study nurse, social worker etc.) are allowed if not involved in administration of any of the protocol assessments.

Further inclusion criteria apply.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Participant with current DSM-5 diagnosis other than Schizophrenia, including but not limited to bipolar, schizoaffective, major depressive disorder etc. Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.) for Psychotic disorders should be used for guidance.
  2. Cognitive impairment due to developmental, neurological (e.g., epilepsy, stroke) or other disorders including head trauma, or patients with dementia or epilepsy.
  3. Severe movement disorders

    • Leading to cognitive impairment (e.g. Parkinson dementia), or
    • Interfering with the efficacy assessments, or
    • Due to antipsychotic treatment that cannot be controlled with low dose anticholinergic treatment (equal to maximum 1 mg benztropine twice daily).
  4. Any suicidal behavior in the past 1-year prior to screening and during the screening period.
  5. Suicidal ideation of type 5 in the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) (i.e. active suicidal thought with plan and intent) in the past 3 months prior to screening and up to and including Visit 2.

    -- Patients with Suicidal Ideation type 4 in the C-SSRS (i.e. active suicidal thought with intent but without specific plan), within 3 months prior to screening and up to and including Visit 2, can be randomized in the study, if assessed and documented by a licensed mental health professional that there is no immediate risk of suicide.

  6. History of moderate or severe substance use disorder (other than caffeine and nicotine), as defined in DSM-5 within the last 12 months prior to informed consent.
  7. Positive urine drug screen at Visit 1 based on central lab test.
  8. Patients who were treated with any of the following within 6 months prior to randomization:

    • Clozapine
    • Stimulants (e.g. methylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, modafinil)
    • Ketamine or esketamine
    • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or Modified ECT Further exclusion criteria apply.

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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): NCT04846868

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Contact: Boehringer Ingelheim 1-800-243-0127

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Boehringer Ingelheim
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Boehringer Ingelheim Identifier: NCT04846868    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1346-0011
2020-003760-11 ( EudraCT Number )
First Posted: April 15, 2021    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 6, 2023
Last Verified: May 2023
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description:

After the study is completed and the primary manuscript is accepted for publishing, researchers can use this following link to request access to the clinical study documents regarding this study, and upon a signed "Document Sharing Agreement".

Also, Researchers can use the following link to find information in order to request access to the clinical study data, for this and other listed studies, after the submission of a research proposal and according to the terms outlined in the website.

The data shared are the raw clinical study data sets.

Supporting Materials: Study Protocol
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Clinical Study Report (CSR)
Time Frame: After all regulatory activities are completed in the US and EU for the product and indication, and after the primary manuscript has been accepted for publication.
Access Criteria: For study documents - upon signing of a 'Document Sharing Agreement'. For study data - 1. after the submission and approval of the research proposal (checks will be performed by both the independent review panel and the sponsor, including checking that the planned analysis does not compete with sponsor's publication plan); 2. and upon signing of a 'Data Sharing Agreement'.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders