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Dose Finding Study of Pioglitazone in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (PIO)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01205282
First Posted: September 20, 2010
Last Update Posted: October 24, 2017
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Collaborator:
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Evdokia Anagnostou, Anagnostou, Evdokia, M.D.
  Purpose
The investigators propose a pilot, single blind, placebo run-in, dose finding study of pioglitazone in children with autism with the ultimate goal of identifying appropriate dosing and outcome measures for a larger follow-up randomized placebo controlled clinical trial. The specific aims of this study are: 1) To examine the safety of pioglitazone in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ages 5-12 years; 2) To identify appropriate outcome measures to be used in a follow-up multisite randomized control trial of pioglitazone in children with ASD; 3) To determine the maximum tolerated dose to be used in the follow-up multisite randomized controlled trial; 4) To examine the effect of pioglitazone on markers of inflammation (cytokine levels) and oxidative stress (superoxide dismutase, malonyl aldehydes); 5) To explore the relationship between different doses and response to treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Autism Spectrum Disorders Drug: Pioglitazone Drug: Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Dose Finding Study of Pioglitazone in Children With ASD

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Further study details as provided by Evdokia Anagnostou, Anagnostou, Evdokia, M.D.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety of pioglitazone in children with ASD ages 5-12 years [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured by the Clinical Global Impressions - Improvement Scale - Global (CGI-I-Global)

  • Safety of pioglitazone in children with ASD ages 5-12 years [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured by the Safety Monitoring Uniform Report Form (SMURF)

  • Efficacy of outcome measure to be used in a follow-up multisite randomized control trial of pioglitazone in children with ASD [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured by the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC)

  • Efficacy of outcome measure to be used in a follow-up multisite randomized control trial of pioglitazone in children with ASD [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS)

  • Efficacy of outcome measure to be used in a follow-up multisite randomized control trial of pioglitazone in children with ASD [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured by the the Child Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS)

  • Efficacy of outcome measure to be used in a follow-up multisite randomized control trial of pioglitazone in children with ASD [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured by the Repetitive Behavior Scale - Revised (RBS-R)

  • Efficacy of outcome measure to be used in a follow-up multisite randomized control trial of pioglitazone in children with ASD [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured by the Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC-2)

  • Efficacy of outcome measure to be used in a follow-up multisite randomized control trial of pioglitazone in children with ASD [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    This will be measured by the Child and Adolescent Symptom Inventory (CASI) - Anxiety Subscale

  • Maximum tolerated dose to be used in the follow-up multisite randomized controlled trial [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD)


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy of pioglitazone on markers of inflammation (cytokine levels) and oxidative stress (superoxide dismutase, malonyl aldehydes) [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    Cytokine level and oxidative stress marker measurement

  • Relationship between different doses and response to treatment [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]
    Pioglitazone dose and treatment response


Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: April 2013
Study Completion Date: September 2015
Primary Completion Date: September 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Pioglitazone
A modified dose finding method will be used to determine safety and dose response among three dose levels (0.25mg/kg QD, 0.5mg/kg QD, and 0.75mg/kg QD). There will be 14 weeks of active treatment.
Drug: Pioglitazone
A modified dose finding method will be used to determine safety and dose response among three dose levels (0.25mg/kg QD, 0.5mg/kg QD, and 0.75mg/kg QD). The dose has been based on the per weight maximum adult dose. Specifically, the FDA has approved 45mg as the maximum adult dose. For a 60kg adult, this is 0.75mg/kg. There will be 14 weeks of active treatment.
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo
There will be a 2 week period of placebo run-in.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Male or female outpatients 5-12 years of age inclusive (see Note below).
  2. Meet Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV) criteria. DSM-IV criteria for Autistic Disorder or Asperger's Disorder (autism spectrum disorder) will be confirmed by a clinician with expertise with individuals with ASD. Best estimate Diagnosis will be reached using DSM-IV criteria, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-G) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R).
  3. Have a Clinical Global Impression-Severity (CGI-S) score ≥ 4 (moderately ill) at Baseline.
  4. If already receiving stable non-pharmacologic educational, behavioural, and/or dietary interventions, have continuous participation during the preceding 3 months prior to Screening and will not electively initiate new or modify ongoing interventions for the duration of the study.
  5. Have normal physical examination and laboratory test results at Screening. If abnormal, the finding(s) must be deemed clinically insignificant by the Investigator.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients born prior to 35 weeks gestational age.
  2. Families without sufficient command of the English Language.
  3. Patients with any primary psychiatric diagnosis other than autism at Screening.
  4. Patients with a current neurological disease, including, but not limited to, movement disorder, tuberous sclerosis, fragile X, and any other known genetic syndromes.
  5. Pregnant female patients, female patients who are sexually active, female patients using the birth control pill for whatever reason.
  6. Patients with a medical condition that might interfere with the conduct of the study, confound interpretation of the study results, or endanger their own well-being. Patients with evidence or history of malignancy or any significant hematological, endocrine, cardiovascular (including any rhythm disorder), respiratory, renal, hepatic, or gastrointestinal disease. Patients with stable epilepsy (no seizures for 6 months) and on stable doses of antiepileptic medications (no changes in 3 months) will be allowed in the study.
  7. Patients taking psychoactive medication(s).
  8. Patients taking insulin.
  9. Patients unable to tolerate venipuncture procedures for blood sampling.
  10. Patients with parent(s)/caregiver(s) who smoke.
  11. Patients who have had previous bladder infection(s).
  12. Patients with a family history of bladder cancer.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01205282


Locations
Canada, Ontario
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4G 1R8
Sponsors and Collaborators
Evdokia Anagnostou
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Evdokia Anagnostou, M.D. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Evdokia Anagnostou, Clinician Scientist, Anagnostou, Evdokia, M.D.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01205282     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10-002
First Submitted: September 16, 2010
First Posted: September 20, 2010
Last Update Posted: October 24, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Evdokia Anagnostou, Anagnostou, Evdokia, M.D.:
ASD

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Pioglitazone
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs