A 6-month Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability Study of Rifaximin In Preventing Hepatic Encephalopathy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: February 28, 2006
Last updated: July 17, 2011
Last verified: July 2011
The purpose of this study is to determine if the study drug is safe and effective in preventing Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE).

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Drug: Rifaximin
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Rifaximin 550 mg BID For 6 Months In Preventing Hepatic Encephalopathy

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Further study details as provided by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to treatment failure. [ Time Frame: Entire study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 299
Study Start Date: December 2005
Study Completion Date: April 2009
Primary Completion Date: August 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: placebo Drug: Rifaximin
550 mg tablets BID


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must sign an Informed Consent Form
  • In remission from past hepatic encephalopathy (HE).
  • Appropriate birth control measures
  • More than or equal to 18 years of age.
  • Must be potential for benefit from treatment.
  • Recent prior HE episodes
  • Capable and willing to comply with all study procedures.
  • Subject has personal support available
  • Has a certain Model End Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score
  • Recent TIPS placement or revision

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant medical conditions, medical conditions that may impact study participation, or Investigator decision not to include.
  • Allergies to the study drug or similar drugs.
  • Laboratory abnormalities.
  • Recent participation in another clinical trial
  • History of non-compliance
  • Pregnant or at risk of pregnancy, or is lactating.
  • Recent alcohol consumption
  • Active bacterial or viral Infections
  • Bowel issues
  • Active malignancy.
  • On a prohibited medication.
  • Liver transplant expected in near term
  • Lactulose intolerance
  • Subject shows presence of intestinal obstruction or has inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Ongoing or recent GI bleed
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00298038

Sponsors and Collaborators
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Study Director: William Forbes, Pharm D Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Audrey Shaw, Director Clinical, Salix
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00298038     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RFHE3001 
Study First Received: February 28, 2006
Last Updated: July 17, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Brain Diseases, Metabolic
Central Nervous System Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatic Insufficiency
Liver Diseases
Liver Failure
Metabolic Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Gastrointestinal Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors

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