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A Randomized, Active-controlled, Double-blind, Parallel-Goup Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Extended Release(ER) Paliperidone in the Treatment of Schizophrenia

This study has been completed.
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Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd. Identifier:
First received: July 7, 2006
Last updated: May 18, 2011
Last verified: May 2010

This is a randomized (patients are assigned different treatments based on chance), double-blind (neither the patient nor the physician knows whether drug or placebo is being taken, or at what dosage), active-controlled, flexible-dose, parallel group, multicenter study. The study consists of a screening phase, a double-blind treatment phase (6 weeks) and a safety follow-up phase (1 week).

The patients in this study will be randomized to 1 of 2 treatment groups to receive extended release OROS paliperidone or Olanzapine once daily for the 6-week double-blind treatment phase. Randomization will occur in a ratio of 1 (extended release OROS paliperidone) to 1 (Olanzapine). Patients must be hospitalized at least 14 days after entry. Those who receive extended release OROS paliperidone will start at a dosage of 6 mg taken daily, dose may be titrated up by 3mg/day every 7 days, or down rapidly based on the balance of efficacy (effectiveness of drug) and safety/tolerability assessed by the investigator. After the initial 7 days, dose could be flexible within 3-12mg/day. Those who receive olanzapine will start at a dosage of 5mg taken daily, dose may be titrated up by 5mg/day every 7 days, or down rapidly based on the balance of efficacy and safety/tolerability assessed by the investigator. After the initial 7 days, dose could be flexible within 5-15mg/day.

Efficacy parameters include Positive and Negative Symptom Scale (PANSS) score, Clinical Global Impression-Severity (CGI-S) and Personal and Social Performance (PSP) score per assessment visit. The primary efficacy is the change in PANSS from baseline to the last post-randomization assessment. Safety assessments include the adverse events, changes in physical examination, vital signs, laboratory tests at pretreatment and posttreatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Acute Schizophrenia Drug: ER OROS paliperidone and Olanzapine Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, 6-week Double-blind, Parallel Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and the Safety of Flexible Doses of Extended Release OROS Paliperidone Compared With Olanzapine in the Treatment of Patients With Schizophrenia

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Further study details as provided by Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in total PANSS score at endpoint (6-week double-blind or last assessment after baseline) from baseline.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in PANSS positive and negative scores at each assessment time point from baseline; Changes in CGI-S at each assessment time point from baseline; Changes in PSP at each assessment time point from baseline

Enrollment: 288
Study Start Date: June 2006
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Detailed Description:
The study hypothesis is that the effect of extended release OROS paliperidone is not worse than that of Olanzapine in the treatment of schizophrenia as measured by the change in PANSS from baseline to the last post-randomization assessment. A flexible dose range is used in this study. The flexible dose of paliperidone is ranged from 3 to 12mg/day. The flexible dose of olanzapine is ranged from 5-15mg/day.The study medication is capsulized to maintain blind. Study medication must be taken orally once daily before 10 AM with or without food in a consistent manner throughout the study. Medication can not be chewed, divided, dissolved, or crushed. Treatment duration is 6 week each subject.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients (or their legally acceptable representatives) must have signed an informed consent document indicating that they understand the purpose of and procedures required for the study and are willing to participate in the study
  • DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia (295.10, 295.20, 295.30, 295.60, 295.90) at entry
  • Total PANSS score at screening and baseline between 60 and 120, inclusive
  • Female patients must be postmenopausal for at least 1 year, surgically sterile, or practicing an effective method of birth control (e.g., prescription oral contraceptives, contraceptive injections, intrauterine device, double-barrier method, contraceptive patch) before entry (and agree to continue that method throughout the study) - abstinence is not an acceptable method
  • have a negative urine b hCG pregnancy test at screening
  • Capable of self-administering study drug, or has consistent help and support available throughout the study to do this

Exclusion Criteria:

  • A DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) Axis I diagnosis other than schizophrenia
  • Inability to swallow the study drug whole with the aid of water (participants may not chew, divide, dissolve, or crush the study drug, as this may affect the release profile)
  • Previous history of a lack of response to any antipsychotic (lack of response defined as subject having had least twice a documented medical history of no clinical response despite adequate doses and durations of treatment, or the inability to tolerate effective doses)
  • Significant risk of suicidal or violent behavior
  • Injection of a depot antipsychotic within 120 days before screening, or use of paliperidone palmitate within 10 months before screening
  • Use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors within 4 weeks before screening
  • Use of antidepressants other than monoamine oxidase inhibitors or mood stabilizers (e.g., antiepileptics, lithium) within 2 weeks before screening
  • Received electroconvulsive therapy within 3 months before screening
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00350467

China, Beijing
Beijing, Beijing, China
China, Guangdong
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
China, Hubei
Wuhan, Hubei, China
China, Jiangsu
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
China, Shanghai
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
China, Zhejiang
Suzhou, Zhejiang, China
Xian, China
Sponsors and Collaborators
Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd.
Study Director: Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd. Clinical Trial Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd.
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00350467     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR010861
Study First Received: July 7, 2006
Last Updated: May 18, 2011

Keywords provided by Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd.:
informed consent

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Paliperidone Palmitate
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Psychotropic Drugs
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Serotonin Agents
Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptor Antagonists
Serotonin Antagonists
Dopamine D2 Receptor Antagonists
Dopamine Antagonists
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