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A Study of Saquinavir Used Alone or in Combination With Other Anti-HIV Drugs in HIV-Infected Patients

This study has been completed.
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NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service Identifier:
First received: November 2, 1999
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: June 1997

To offer an investigational agent (saquinavir) to people with HIV/AIDS who are in need of additional treatment options and are not eligible to enroll in ongoing clinical trials.

Patients who no longer benefit from existing antiretroviral therapy and who are not currently enrolled in ongoing saquinavir trials are eligible for this compassionate treatment program.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections
Drug: Saquinavir
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open Label International Compassionate Treatment Program for the Use of Saquinavir (R0 31-8959) Either As Monotherapy or in Combination With Other Anti-Retroviral Drugs in Patients With Proven HIV Infection

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Estimated Enrollment: 4000
Detailed Description:

Patients who no longer benefit from existing antiretroviral therapy and who are not currently enrolled in ongoing saquinavir trials are eligible for this compassionate treatment program.

Patients may be registered with the program through their physicians, who will be responsible for supervising the administration of treatment; following guidelines for saquinavir dose interruption, dose reduction, or discontinuation; and assessing patient progress throughout the duration of the study. Access to saquinavir will be determined by a lottery system; 60 percent of the program slots will be reserved for patients with CD4 counts of 50 or less and the remaining 40 percent of the slots will be devoted to patients with CD4 counts between 51 and 300.


Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Patients must have:

  • Sero-positivity for HIV -1 antibody by an ELISA test, with confirmation by an alternative method.
  • CD4 count <= 300 cells/mm3 (within 4 weeks prior to entry).
  • Signed, informed consent from a parent or legal guardian for patients < 18 years of age.
  • Failed previous therapy with or be intolerant to other registered anti-retroviral drugs.

Exclusion Criteria

Co-existing Condition:

Patients with the following conditions or symptoms are excluded:

  • Eligibility for any controlled clinical study of any experimental HIV therapy.
  • Grade 4 hematologic and/or Grade 3 hematologic toxicity at baseline.

Patients with the following prior conditions are excluded:

Known hypersensitivity to saquinavir or other protease inhibitors. 1. Drugs, such as rifampin and rifabutin, which induce hepatic enzymes are likely to result in decreased levels of saquinavir and, therefore, should be avoided where possible.

  • Concomitant therapy and treatment should be kept at a minimum.
  • Current participation in any study formally excluding concomitant treatment with experimental drugs.

    1. Saquinavir can be used in combination with other registered anti-retroviral drugs such as ZDV, ddC and/or ddl. Other not yet registered anti-retroviral drugs can be used in combination with saquinavir when these drugs are widely available in the respective country or when they are allowed in combination treatment in any on-going clinical study.

  • Prophylactic treatment for any opportunistic infections.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002382

United States, New Jersey
Hoffmann - La Roche Inc
Nutley, New Jersey, United States, 071101199
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoffmann-La Roche
  More Information Identifier: NCT00002382     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 229L
Study First Received: November 2, 1999
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:
Drug Therapy, Combination
HIV Protease Inhibitors
Patient Selection
Anti-HIV Agents

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Slow Virus Diseases
HIV Protease Inhibitors
Protease Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Cytochrome P-450 CYP3A Inhibitors
Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme Inhibitors processed this record on May 23, 2017