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Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of Low Dose Oral Interferon Alfa-n3 (Human Leukocyte Derived) in ARC Patients

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: NCT00002012
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 31, 2001
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
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NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service

Brief Summary:
To conduct a parallel-group, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an orally administered low dose interferon alfa-n3 as an immunomodulator in the treatment of mild to moderate symptomatic HIV+, AIDS-related complex (ARC) patients.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
HIV Infections Drug: Interferon alfa-n3 Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The study has been extended to offer 52 weeks of maintenance therapy after the 10 weeks of the placebo controlled period are concluded successfully.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 45 participants
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of Low Dose Oral Interferon Alfa-n3 (Human Leukocyte Derived) in ARC Patients

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS
Drug Information available for: Interferon

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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

Concurrent Medication:


  • Zidovudine (AZT).

Patients must have:

  • Diagnosis of AIDS related complex (ARC).
  • Given written informed consent.
  • Been receiving a dose of = or < 600 mg/day of zidovudine (AZT) at least 90 days prior to study entry IF they are currently taking AZT.

Prior Medication:


  • Zidovudine (AZT) at a dose = or < 600 mg/day at least 90 days prior to study entry.

Exclusion Criteria

Co-existing Condition:

Patients with the following conditions or symptoms are excluded:

  • History of AIDS-defining condition or evidence of AIDS dementia.
  • Evidence of chronic hepatitis with severe liver dysfunction, or other active gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, endocrine, hematologic, cardiovascular or psychiatric disorder that would limit the subject's ability to complete the 12 weeks of the study period.

Concurrent Medication:


  • Ketoconazole.
  • Trimethoprim / sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX).
  • Experimental medications.

Patients with the following are excluded:

  • Absolute CD4 count of < 100 or > 350 cells/mm3.
  • Any disease or disorder listed in Patient Exclusion Co-existing Conditions.
  • Unlikely or unable to comply with the requirements of the protocol.
  • Unwilling or unable to give informed consent.
  • Development of antibodies to interferon during prior interferon therapy that occurred > 3 months prior to study entry.

Prior Medication:

Excluded within 45 days of study entry:

  • Immunomodulators (e.g., BCG vaccine, isoprinosine).
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Steroids.
  • Excluded within 3 months of study entry:
  • Interferon therapy. Active IV drug abuse.

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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): NCT00002012

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United States, New York
Mount Sinai Med Ctr
New York, New York, United States, 10029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Interferon Sciences
Hassett J, Mendelsohn L. Effect of low dose oral interferon alfa-n3 (IFN) in ARC. Int Conf AIDS. 1993 Jun 6-11;9(1):494 (abstract no PO-B28-2151)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00002012    
Other Study ID Numbers: 069A
First Posted: August 31, 2001    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2005
Last Verified: March 1993
Keywords provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS-Related Complex
Interferon Type I, Recombinant
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs