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The Safety and Efficacy of an Investigational Drug in Delaying the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease

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: NCT00006187
Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : August 28, 2000
Last Update Posted : December 11, 2009
Information provided by:
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Brief Summary:
This is a 15-month study with two phases. During the first 12-month phase of this study, patients will be randomly assigned to receive either active study drug or placebo (approximately half of all patients will be on active study drug, the other half on placebo). The second phase is a 3-month randomized withdrawal period. For this phase approximately 10% of the patients will remain on the active drug.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alzheimer Disease Drug: Investigational drug Phase 3

Detailed Description:

This is a placebo-controlled, parallel-groups, 12 month, double-blind study, followed by a 3-month, double-blind, randomized withdrawal period to evaluate the efficacy and safety of an investigational drug (currently approved for other indications) to slow the progression of symptoms of AD. Patients with probable AD according to NINCDS-ADRDA criteria who have a Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) score between 13 and 26 inclusive will be eligible for participation in the study.

Patients on stable doses of marketed cholinesterase inhibitors approved for the treatment of AD (except for tacrine) for at least 3 months are eligible for study entry. Use of NSAIDs (except aspirin 81 mg per day) is not allowed during the study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2005

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient is male or female and at least 50 years of age or older
  • Female patients must be postmenopausal or surgically sterilized
  • Clinical diagnosis of AD
  • Patient must be in good health except for AD diagnosis
  • Patient must have informant/caregiver who can monitor and assist patient during the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient is living in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility
  • Women will be ineligible if not postmenopausal or surgically sterilized
  • Site physician or Sponsor may exclude patients with serious medical problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, major neurological or psychiatric illness, thyroid disease, or major head trauma

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00006187

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United States, Arizona
Pivotal Research Centers
Peoria, Arizona, United States, 85381
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Beverly Hills, California, United States, 90211
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Los Alamitos, California, United States, 90720
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Newport Beach, California, United States, 92660
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Northridge, California, United States, 91324
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Riverside, California, United States, 92506
Pacific Research Network
San Diego, California, United States, 92103
San Francisco Headache Clinic
San Francisco, California, United States, 94109
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Yale University, Alzheimer's Disease ResearchUnit
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06520-8037
New England Center for Headache
Stamford, Connecticut, United States, 06902
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Baumel-Eisner Neuromedical Institute
Boca Raton, Florida, United States, 33486
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States, 33907
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Ft Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 33321
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Melbourne, Florida, United States, 32935
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Sarasota, Florida, United States, 34232
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St Petersburg, Florida, United States, 33702
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St Petersburg, Florida, United States, 33710
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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, 33407
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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, 33410
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Chicago Center for Clinical Research
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60610
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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, United States, 02664
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Las Vegas Center for Clinical Research
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89146
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Nathan Klein Institute
Orangeburg, New York, United States, 10962
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York, United States, 14620
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Piedmont Medical Research Associates
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27103
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Pahl Brain Associates, P.C.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73118
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, 74104-5428
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97223
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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, United States, 19027
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19106
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East Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02915
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Pharmacology Research Clinic
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84107
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Seattle Clinical Research Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
United States, Wisconsin
Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53226
Sponsors and Collaborators
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Principal Investigator: Klaus Beck, MD, PhD Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier: NCT00006187     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IA0025
First Posted: August 28, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 11, 2009
Last Verified: October 2003

Keywords provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):
Investigational Drug

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders