A Safety and Effectiveness Study of JNJ-18038683 in Patients With Moderate to Severe Depression

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00566202
First received: November 29, 2007
Last updated: August 1, 2014
Last verified: August 2014
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of JNJ-18038683 compared to escitalopram and placebo in patients with moderate to severe depression.


Condition Intervention Phase
Major Depressive Disorder
Drug: Placebo
Drug: Escitalopram
Drug: JNJ-18038683
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase IIa Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Double-dummy, and Placebo- and Active Controlled Study to Investigate the Safety and Efficacy of JNJ-18038683 Administered to Subjects With Major Depressive Disorder

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Further study details as provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Explore the effectiveness of JNJ-18038683 in patients with moderate to severe depression as determined by accepted clinical assessments done throughout the study. [ Time Frame: Clinical assessments to evaluate depression will be done 8 times at weekly visits from baseline through the Week 7 visit. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Explore the safety and tolerability of JNJ-18038683 in patients with moderate to severe depression by assessing adverse events, vital signs, laboratory test results, ECGs and physical exams. [ Time Frame: Vital signs will be collected weekly throughout the study; ECGs will be collected at screening, baseline, Wks 3 and 7; Laboratory test will be collected at screening, baseline, and Wks 1,3,5,7 and 8. Adverse Events will be throughout the study. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 67
Study Start Date: December 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: JNJ-18038683 Drug: Placebo
Form= capsule, route= oral use. Administration once daily for 8 weeks.
Drug: JNJ-18038683
Type= range, unit= mg, number= 10 to 20, form= capsule, route= oral use. Administration of 10 mg daily for 1 week, 10 or 20 mg daily for 6 weeks, and placebo daily for 1 week.
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo
Form= capsule, route= oral use. Administration once daily for 8 weeks.
Drug: JNJ-18038683
Type= range, unit= mg, number= 10 to 20, form= capsule, route= oral use. Administration of 10 mg daily for 1 week, 10 or 20 mg daily for 6 weeks, and placebo daily for 1 week.
Active Comparator: Escitalopram Drug: Escitalopram
Type= range, unit= mg, number= 10 to 20, form= capsule, route= oral use. Administration of 10 mg daily for 1 week, 20 mg daily for 6 weeks, and 10 mg daily for 1 week.

Detailed Description:

This study is being done to assess safety and tolerability and to explore the effectiveness of a new, experimental drug in the treatment of moderate to severe depression. Approximately 225 patients with depression will be recruited for the study. Patients who meet study criteria will need to stop taking any depression medications they are currently using. They will be randomly assigned to one of 3 treatment arms; each patient has an equal chance of receiving 20 mg JNJ-18038683, 20 mg escitalopram, or placebo. Placebo has no active drug. Escitalopram is a drug currently approved to treat depression. This is a blinded study, ie the patient, the study doctor, and the study sponsor will not know what treatment the patient receives until all patients complete the study. Patients receiving either escitalopram or JNJ-18038683 will be titrated up to their assigned dose, receiving 10 mg doses for one week prior to increasing to 20 mg. Patients who are not able to tolerate 20 mg of JNJ-18038683 will be allowed to drop down to the 10 mg dose at any time after the titration period. Patients taking 20 mg escitalopram will receive 10 mg at their final week to taper off of the drug. Patients will receive a drug blister card at each weekly visit containing drug for the upcoming week. The study doctor and the sponsor will monitor the study for the occurrence of possible side effects. In addition to a screening visit, patients will return weekly for 9 additional study visits. After completing the study, patients may resume other depression medications. Medical and psychiatric history, physical examination, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, weight and electrocardiograms (ECGs) will be checked periodically. Blood samples will be taken for standard safety laboratory tests as well as for the measurement of the drug blood level. Questionnaires relating to depression, sleep and sexual experience will be administered throughout the study. Each day for nine weeks, patients will take orally two JNJ-18038683 tablets, active and/or placebo, and two escitalopram capsules, active and/or placebo.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with moderate to severe major depressive disorder
  • Willing to use acceptable methods of birth control throughout the study and for 3 months after
  • In good general health

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No history or current diagnosis of other psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder, general anxiety disorder, anorexia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, antisocial personality disorder, mental retardation, pervasive developmental disorder, or cognitive disorder
  • No history or presence of drug abuse
  • No use of prescription medications or herbal medications other than hormone replacement therapies
  • No prior history of heart disease or current significant blood, lung, kidney, liver, heart, breathing, neurologic or thyroid disorders
  • No patients who are either pregnant or nursing
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00566202

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Investigators
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00566202     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00761293
Other Study ID Numbers: CR014617, C-2007-007
Study First Received: November 29, 2007
Last Updated: August 1, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
Major Depressive Disorder
Depression
JNJ-18038683
Escitalopram

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depression
Depressive Disorder, Major
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Dexetimide
Citalopram
Antiparkinson Agents
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Parasympatholytics
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Muscarinic Antagonists
Cholinergic Antagonists
Cholinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Serotonin Agents
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs

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