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MDMA-assisted Therapy in People With Anxiety Related to Advanced Stage Cancer

This study has been terminated.
(Lack of funds and insufficient patient population for study enrollment.)
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Mclean Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John H. Halpern, MD, Mclean Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00252174
First received: November 9, 2005
Last updated: March 27, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
Results First Received: January 20, 2017  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized;   Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment;   Masking: Participant, Care Provider, Investigator;   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Conditions: Anxiety Disorder
Cancer
Interventions: Drug: Stage 1 Active Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Drug: Stage 1 Low dose Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Behavioral: Psychotherapy
Drug: Stage 2 Active Methylenedioxymethamphetamine

  Participant Flow
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Recruitment Details
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Pre-Assignment Details
Significant events and approaches for the overall study following participant enrollment, but prior to group assignment
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Reporting Groups
  Description
Stage 1, Active

8 subjects will receive full or nearly full doses of MDMA in Stage 1 and do not continue to participate into Stage 2.

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA): Dosage form: capsule

Dosage frequency and duration for the treatment arm (8 subjects in Stage 1 and the other 4 subjects in Stage 1 who may continue into Stage 2):

Session 1: 83.3mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 41.7 mg for total of 125mg Session 2 (two to three weeks later): 125mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 62.5mg for total of 187.5 mg.

Stage 1, Control

4 individuals will receive sub-threshold to threshold minimal doses of MDMA in Stage I

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA): Drug: Dosage form: capsule

Dosage frequency and duration for the control arm (4 subjects):

Session 1: 25 mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 12.5 mg for total of 37.5 g Session 2 (two to three weeks later): 25 mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 12.5mg for total of 37.5mg.

Stage 2, Active

The 4 subjects assigned in Stage I to the control arm will have the option to continue into Stage 2 to repeat the experimental procedures of Stage I but with open-label MDMA at the near-full to full dosage strength.

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA): Dosage form: capsule

Dosage frequency and duration for the treatment arm (8 subjects in Stage 1 and the other 4 subjects in Stage 1 who may continue into Stage 2):

Session 1: 83.3mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 41.7 mg for total of 125mg Session 2 (two to three weeks later): 125mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 62.5mg for total of 187.5 mg.


Participant Flow:   Overall Study
    Stage 1, Active   Stage 1, Control   Stage 2, Active
STARTED   0 [1]   2 [2]   0 [3] 
COMPLETED   0   1   0 
NOT COMPLETED   0   1   0 
Withdrawal by Subject                0                1                0 
[1] No subjects were randomized into Active Arm as only 2 subjects were randomized into the Control Arm.
[2] 2 subjects entered the control arm in total
[3] No subjects entered Stage 2



  Baseline Characteristics
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Population Description
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Reporting Groups
  Description
Stage 1, Active

8 subjects will receive full or nearly full doses of MDMA in Stage 1 and do not continue to participate into Stage 2.

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA): Dosage form: capsule

Dosage frequency and duration for the treatment arm (8 subjects in Stage 1 and the other 4 subjects in Stage 1 who may continue into Stage 2):

Session 1: 83.3mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 41.7 mg for total of 125mg Session 2 (two to three weeks later): 125mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 62.5mg for total of 187.5 mg.

Stage 1, Control

4 individuals will receive sub-threshold to threshold minimal doses of MDMA in Stage I

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA): Drug: Dosage form: capsule

Dosage frequency and duration for the control arm (4 subjects):

Session 1: 25 mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 12.5 mg for total of 37.5 g Session 2 (two to three weeks later): 25 mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 12.5mg for total of 37.5mg.

Stage 2, Active

The 4 subjects assigned in Stage I to the control arm will have the option to continue into Stage 2 to repeat the experimental procedures of Stage I but with open-label MDMA at the near-full to full dosage strength.

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA): Dosage form: capsule

Dosage frequency and duration for the treatment arm (8 subjects in Stage 1 and the other 4 subjects in Stage 1 who may continue into Stage 2):

Session 1: 83.3mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 41.7 mg for total of 125mg Session 2 (two to three weeks later): 125mg followed 2.5 hours later with optional 62.5mg for total of 187.5 mg.

Total Total of all reporting groups

Baseline Measures
   Stage 1, Active   Stage 1, Control   Stage 2, Active   Total 
Overall Participants Analyzed 
[Units: Participants]
 0   2   0   2 
Age 
[Units: Participants]
Count of Participants
       
<=18 years         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Between 18 and 65 years         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
>=65 years         2 100.0%         2 100.0% 
Age 
[Units: Years]
Mean (Full Range)
    66 
 (65 to 67) 
    66 
 (65 to 67) 
Sex: Female, Male 
[Units: Participants]
Count of Participants
       
Female         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Male         2 100.0%         2 100.0% 
Ethnicity (NIH/OMB) 
[Units: Participants]
Count of Participants
       
Hispanic or Latino         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Not Hispanic or Latino         2 100.0%         2 100.0% 
Unknown or Not Reported         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Race (NIH/OMB) 
[Units: Participants]
Count of Participants
       
American Indian or Alaska Native         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Asian         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Black or African American         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
White         2 100.0%         2 100.0% 
More than one race         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Unknown or Not Reported         0   0.0%         0   0.0% 
Region of Enrollment 
[Units: Participants]
       
United States      2      2 


  Outcome Measures
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1.  Primary:   Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

2.  Primary:   Quality of Life - European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

3.  Secondary:   Anxiety - Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

4.  Secondary:   Quality of Life - Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy- Spiritual Well-being Scale (FACIT-Sp),Karnofsky Performance Rating Scale (KPRS), Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS), Mini-Mental Status Exam (MMSE), Self-Expansiveness Level Form   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

5.  Secondary:   Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

6.  Secondary:   Depression, Thoughts of Death - Schedule of Attitudes Toward Hastened Death (SAHD)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

7.  Secondary:   Daily Use of Anxiolytics - Daily Diary   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

8.  Secondary:   Daily Experience of Pain - Visual Analog Pain Scale (VAPS)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

9.  Secondary:   The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

10.  Secondary:   Daily Assessment of Anxiety - the Visual Analog Anxiety Scale (VAAS)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over the 3 months of active participation ]

11.  Secondary:   Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHI)   [ Time Frame: Obtained over 3 months of study ]
Results not yet reported.   Anticipated Reporting Date:   No text entered.  


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Certain Agreements:  
All Principal Investigators ARE employed by the organization sponsoring the study.


Results Point of Contact:  
Name/Title: John H. Halpern, M.D.
Organization: McLean Hospital at time of study
phone: 6179065063
e-mail: jhalpern@recoverycoa.com



Responsible Party: John H. Halpern, MD, Mclean Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00252174     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 76,770
Study First Received: November 9, 2005
Results First Received: January 20, 2017
Last Updated: March 27, 2017