PURETHAL Grasses Rush Study

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 29, 2010
Last Update Posted : February 10, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
HAL Allergy

January 28, 2010
January 29, 2010
February 10, 2012
February 2010
September 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
systemic reactions > grade I or large local reactions related to injection [ Time Frame: 24 hrs after injection ]
Same as current
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specific serum IgE and IgG concentrations [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
Same as current
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PURETHAL Grasses Rush Study
A Prospective, Randomized, Open, Multi-centre Study to Assess Safety of PURETHAL Grasses Given With a Rush Induction Schedule to Patients With Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis

This study investigates the safety of two up-dosing regimen. The safety of PURETHAL Grasses will be evaluated in a rush regimen (maximum dose reached in 3 injections during 2 weeks) compared to the conventional regimen (maximum dose reached in 6 injections during 5 weeks).

The primary parameter will be the proportion of patients who experience systemic reactions > grade I within 24 hours after injection or who need more than 2 additional injections during the up-dosing phase until the maintenance dose has been reached.

It is expected that up-dosing PURETHAL Grasses according to the rush regimen is as safe as using the conventional regimen.

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Phase 4
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis
Drug: PURETHAL Grasses, 20.000 AUM/ml
subcutaneous injections of increasing doses according to the described regimen
  • Active Comparator: conventional regimen of PURETHAL Grasses

    Initial treatment:

    6 incremental weekly subcutaneous doses of 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 ml (week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

    Maintenance treatment:

    0.5 ml in intervals according to registered scheme (week 8, 10, 12, 16).

    Intervention: Drug: PURETHAL Grasses, 20.000 AUM/ml
  • Experimental: rush regimen of PURETHAL Grasses

    Initial treatment:

    3 incremental weekly subcutaneous doses of 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5 ml (week 1, 2, 3)

    Maintenance treatment:

    3 monthly doses of 0.5 ml (week 7, 11, 15).

    Intervention: Drug: PURETHAL Grasses, 20.000 AUM/ml
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September 2010
September 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients with rhinitis or rhinoconjunctivitis, with or without mild asthma (FEV1 > 70%) for at least 2 years related to grass pollen, eligible for SCIT.
  • Confirmation of IgE-mediated allergy by means of:

    • Positive SPT to grass pollen (mean wheal diameter ≥ 3 mm and negative control truly negative (no reaction), or
    • Specific serum IgE-test (ssIgE >0.7 U/ml) for grass pollen, or
    • Positive provocation test for grass pollen.
  • Age ≥ 18 years.
  • Patients have given a written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic asthma or emphysema, particularly with a FEV1 ≤ 70% of predicted value.
  • Serious immuno-pathological diseases or malignancies (including auto-immune diseases, tuberculosis, HIV).
  • Active inflammation/infection of the target organs (nose, eyes, lungs).
  • Severe atopic dermatitis in need for systemic immunosuppressive medication.
  • Symptomatic coronary heart diseases (e.g heart failure, recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina, serious arrhythmias) or severe (even under treatment) arterial hypertension.
  • Severe kidney disease.
  • Diseases with a contra-indication for the use of adrenaline.
  • Treatment with systemic or local beta-blockers or immunosuppressive drugs.
  • History of life threatening anaphylactic events, including anaphylactic food allergy, insect venom anaphylaxis, exercise or drug induced anaphylaxis.
  • Any specific immunotherapy (including sublingual) during the study period or during the previous 3 years for a period longer than three months.
  • Participation in a clinical study with a new investigational drug within the last three months.
  • Pregnancy, lactation or inadequate contraceptive measures (adequate measures: oral contraceptives, IUD, condom use if used together with a spermicide and having no sexual relationship with a man).
  • Alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Lack of co-operation or severe psychological disorders.
  • Completed or ongoing long-term treatment with tranquilizer or psycho active drugs.
  • Low compliance or inability to understand instructions/study documents.
  • Completed or ongoing treatment with anti-IgE-antibody.
  • Patients being in relationship or dependence with the sponsor or investigator.
  • Allergy to any of the excipients.
  • Severe illness or any other condition, which makes the patient, in the opinion of the investigator, unsuitable for the study.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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HAL Allergy
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Study Chair: Oliver Pfaar, MD Zentrum für Rhinologie & Allergologie, An den Quellen 10, D - 65183 Wiesbaden
HAL Allergy
February 2012

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