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Study to Assess the Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics (PK) of MK-8892 in Participants With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) (MK-8892-005)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier:
First received: August 19, 2013
Last updated: April 22, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
This study will evaluate the safety, tolerability, and PK of MK-8892 in participants with pulmonary arterial hypertension. The primary hypothesis is that the geometric mean of MK-8892 area under the concentration time-curve from Hour 0 to 24 hours (AUC0-24hr) in participants with PAH, will be equal to or greater than the efficacious exposure in humans of 0.6 μM•hr.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Drug: MK-8892
Drug: Placebo for MK-8892
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 28-Day Multiple-Dose Titration Study to Assess the Effects of MK-8892 on Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics in Subjects With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Area Under the Concentration Time-curve from Hour 0 to 24 hours (AUC0-24hr) of MK-8892 [ Time Frame: Predose and 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24 hours postdose on Days 1 and 28 ]
  • Number of Participants Who Had Study Drug Discontinued Due to an Adverse Event [ Time Frame: Up to 28 days ]
  • Number of participants who experienced an adverse event [ Time Frame: Up to 42 days ]

Enrollment: 23
Study Start Date: November 2013
Study Completion Date: September 2014
Primary Completion Date: September 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: MK-8892 Panel A
Participants will be administered MK-8892 once daily at following dose levels: 1 mg (Days 1-7), 2 mg (Days 8-14), 3 mg (Days 15-21), 4 mg (Days 22-28).
Drug: MK-8892
Experimental: MK-8892 Panel B
Participants will be administered MK-8892 orally, once daily at following dose levels: 1 mg (Days 1-7), 2 mg (Days 8-14), 4 mg (Days 15-21), 4 mg (Days 22-28)
Drug: MK-8892
Experimental: MK-8892 Panel C
Participants will be administered MK-8892 orally, once daily at following dose levels: 1 mg (Days 1-7), 2 mg (Days 8-14), 4 mg (Days 15-21), up to 8 mg (Days 22-28).
Drug: MK-8892
Placebo Comparator: Placebo (Panels A and B)
Participants will be administered placebo to MK-8892 once daily for 28 days.
Drug: Placebo for MK-8892


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • If female, cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding. Females of reproductive potential must agree to agree to use (and/or have their partner use) two (2) acceptable methods of birth control throughout the study and until 2 weeks after the last dose of study drug is administered
  • Body mass index (BMI) ≤34 kg/m^2 and a total body weight >40 kg (>88 lbs)
  • Has Group 1 pulmonary hypertension (PAH) as defined by the Dana Point 2008 Clinical Classification including: idiopathic PAH (IPAH), Heritable PAH, Drug and toxin-induced PAH, PAH associated with connective tissue disease or congenital heart disease (repaired simple cardiac defects at least 1 year status post corrective surgery, with no residual intracardiac or extracardiac shunt)
  • On a stable regimen of background therapy for at least 3 months prior to starting study drug
  • Have history of right heart catheterization within two years demonstrating pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Had pulmonary function testing within one year of starting study medication demonstrating total lung capacity (TLC) >70% predicted, forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) >70% predicted
  • Have hemoglobin >75% of the lower limit of the normal range

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pulmonary hypertension subtypes including the following according to Dana Point 2008 Clinical Classification: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, portal hypertension, schistosomiasis, chronic hemolytic anemia, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), pulmonary hypertension due to left heart diseases such as systolic dysfunction, diastolic dysfunction or valvular disease, pulmonary hypertension due to lung diseases and/or hypoxia (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, other pulmonary diseases with mixed restrictive and obstructive pattern, sleep-disordered breathing, alveolar hypoventilation disorders, chronic exposure to high altitude, and developmental abnormalities), chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), hematologic disorder (myeloproliferative disorders, splenectomy), systemic disorders (sarcoidosis, pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, neurofibromatosis, vasculitis), metabolic disorders (glycogen storage disease, Gaucher disease, thyroid disorders) or other disorder (tumoral obstruction, fibrosing mediastinitis, chronic renal failure on dialysis)
  • Have secondary forms of pulmonary hypertension due to pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD), or pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis (PCH)
  • Resting systolic blood pressure <105 mmHg, or resting heart rate ≥110/min
  • Family history of Long QT Syndrome
  • Uncorrected hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia
  • Taking medications that are potent inhibitors or inducers of Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) including but not limited to cyclosporine, systemic itraconazole or ketoconazole, glyburide, erythromycin, clarithromycin, or telithromycin, nefazodone, protease inhibitors, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifabutin, rifampin, rifampicin, St John's wort, diltiazem and verapamil) or has discontinued treatment <3 weeks prior to the start of the study. Concomitant medications, including anticoagulants, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) -inhibitors, diuretics, bosentan, ambrisentan and selected calcium channel blockers (e.g., amlodipine) may be allowed at the discretion of the investigator with the concurrence of the Sponsor.
  • Unable to refrain from or anticipates the use of organic nitrates (e.g. nitroglycerin, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate, pentaerythritol) beginning approximately 2 weeks before start of study and throughout the study
  • Unable to refrain from or anticipates the use of prostanoid therapies beginning approximately 2 weeks before start of study and throughout the study
  • Consume excessive amounts of alcohol, defined as greater than 3 glasses of alcoholic beverages (1 glass is approximately equivalent to: beer [284 mL/10 ounces], wine [125 mL/4 ounces], or distilled spirits [25 mL/1 ounce]) per day
  • Major surgery or donated blood within previous 8 weeks
  • Participated in another investigational study within 4 weeks
  • History of significant multiple and/or severe allergies
  • Regular user of illicit drugs, or has a history of drug (including alcohol) abuse, within approximately 6 months
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding, or expecting to conceive
  • Interstitial lung disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01926509

Sponsors and Collaborators
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Study Director: Medical Director Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
  More Information

Responsible Party: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier: NCT01926509     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 8892-005
2013-002529-51 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: August 19, 2013
Last Updated: April 22, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Familial Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017