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A Study of Four Dosing Regimens of PROCRIT (Epoetin Alfa) in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease. Protocol Addendum: Extension Study of Maintenance Therapy of PROCRIT (Epoetin Alfa) in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease.

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00212875
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 21, 2005
Last Update Posted : May 23, 2011
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The primary objective of this study is to compare the change in hemoglobin (Hb) from study start to the end of the study between the every 2 week and the every 4 week dosing regimens in patients with anemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD) initiated on PROCRIT (epoetin alfa). Protocol Addendum: The primary objective of the open-label extension portion of this study is to evaluate if epoetin alfa 40,000 Units given under the skin every six weeks, can maintain hemoglobin within the range of 11-12 g/dL in patients with anemia of CKD.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Kidney Disease Anemia Drug: epoetin alfa Phase 2

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Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 267 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open-Label, Randomized, Multicenter Study of the Initiation of Four Dosing Regimens of PROCRIT (Epoetin Alfa) for the Treatment of Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Protocol Addendum: Due to Space Constraints, See Detailed Description for Full Title of Addendum.
Study Start Date : September 2005
Study Completion Date : February 2007

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Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in hemoglobin (Hb) from baseline to the end of the study; Primarily interested in the change in Hb between Q2W vs Q4W groups. Protocol Addendum: Hb change from baseline to end of open-label extension (no more than 36 weeks)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Hb response (defined as achieving a Hb increase =>1g/dL from baseline any time during study); Change in Hb over time; Treatment failures; Blood transfused; Epoetin alfa dose when Hb is achieved and at study end.

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have CKD with Hg level <11 g/dL at study start
  • must not have received any erythropoietic agents within 8 weeks of study start
  • Patients with reproductive potential and their partners must practice an effective method of birth control (e.g., prescription oral contraceptives, contraceptive injections, intrauterine device, double-barrier method, contraceptive patch, partner sterilization) before entry and throughout the study, female subjects with reproductive potential must have a negative urine pregnancy test within 7 days of the first dose of epoetin alfa
  • Patients must have signed informed consent documents indicating that they agree to participate in the study, including the completion of all study-related procedures and evaluations.

Protocol Addendum: Patients must have participated in the Main Protocol of this study and completed all study-related procedures

  • Patients must have a Hb between 11-12 g/dL at baseline (measured by HemoCue)
  • Patients must have CKD defined as glomerular filtration rate (GFR) >=15 to <=90 mL/min as determined using the Modification of Diet for Renal Disease (MDRD) equation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No patients receiving dialysis or scheduled to receive dialysis during the course of the study
  • No patients with a current diagnosis of poorly controlled hypertension after adequate antihypertensive therapy or those with severe congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association Class IV), or known severe stable or unstable coronary artery disease
  • No patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer within 3 months prior to study start or expected during study participation
  • No patients with a current diagnosis of anemia due to Vitamin B12 deficiencies, hemolysis, or gastrointestinal bleeding or a history of/or active blood or bleeding disorders (this includes but is not limited to porphyria, thalassemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, and sickle cell anemia. No patients with liver diseases or any other diseases known to cause anemia
  • No patients with a past history of thrombotic vascular events, (including but not limited to stroke, transient ischemic attack, myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, and deep venous thrombosis) within the past 5 years
  • No patients with a life expectancy of <= 6 months
  • No women who are currently pregnant or lactating. No patients previously unresponsive to erythropoietic agents.

Protocol Addendum: No patients with a transferrin saturation (TSAT) <20% and a ferritin <50 ng/mL

  • No patients with an epoetin alfa dose reduction/hold within the past four weeks of treatment in the Main Protocol, for a Hb rate of rise (>1 g/dL over 1 or 2 consecutive weeks),or a Hb above 12 g/dL
  • No patients with iron overload defined as a TSAT > 70% or a ferritin > 1000 ng/mL
  • No patients with a serum albumin concentration < 2.6 g/dL, or unstable angina
  • No patients with chemotherapy for cancer within 3 months prior to baseline or expected during open-label extension participation
  • No patients with known solid tumor malignancy or with new onset seizures within 3 months or seizures not controlled by medication prior to baseline. No patients receiving transfusion of platelets or packed red blood cells within 28 days prior to the first dose of epoetin alfa. No patients who have been previously unresponsive to erythropoietic agents, including patients who were treatment failures during the Main Protocol.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00212875

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Centocor Ortho Biotech Services, L.L.C.
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L. C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00212875     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00246311
Other Study ID Numbers: CR003397
First Posted: September 21, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 23, 2011
Last Verified: March 2010

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
Chronic Kidney disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Diseases
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Hematologic Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency
Epoetin Alfa