Safety and Efficacy Study of Thalomid in Patients With Chronic Pancreatitis
The purpose of this study is to determine if Thalidomide (Thalomid) is effective in treating patients with chronic pancreatitis.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Phase II, Open-Label, Single Center Pilot Study to Determine the Safety and Efficacy of THALOMID (Thalidomide) in Patients With Chronic Pancreatitis.|
- Safety and efficacy
- reduction of frequency of hospitalizations
- quality of life
- reduction of pain
|Study Start Date:||August 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, a gland that lies behind the stomach. The inflammation may develop suddenly (acute pancreatitis) or over many years (chronic pancreatitis). The pancreas produces the hormones, insulin and glucagon to control metabolism. The hormones and enzymes flow from the pancreas through the pancreatic duct into the upper part of the small intestine.
Most chronic pancreatitis patients often experience chronic abdominal pain during the course of the disease. Thalidomide increased the production of interleukin-10 (IL-10), which is important in regulating intestinal inflammation. Thalidomide is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a leprosy skin condition, erythema nodosum lerosum (ENL), but not for the treatment of chronic pancreatitis. In this case it is considered experimental.