Safety and Efficacy of Inhaled Interferon Gamma-1b in Pulmonary MAC Infection
The purpose of this research study is to test the safety and effectiveness of inhaled Interferon gamma-1b (IFN-g 1b), when administered for 48 weeks and in combination with oral antibiotics which may be administered for up to 72 weeks for the treatment of a lung infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium avium complex .
FDA has not approved Interferon gamma-1b for use in patients with MAC infection of the lungs, which is the purpose of this study.Interferon gamma-1b and similar proteins play important roles in establishing and maintaining protective immune responses against a variety of microorganisms.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase II Study of Safety and Efficacy of Inhaled Interferon Gamma-1b With Antimycobacterials in Previously Treated or Mod-to-Sev Pulmonary Mycobacterium Avium Complex Infection|
- sustained culture conversion [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
|Study Start Date:||December 2000|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2003|
Drug: interferon gamma-1b
Laboratory research has shown that a mouse form of interferon gamma is effective in treating mice with infections caused by bacteria similar to MAC as well as MAC infection.