Study of Artesunate in Metastatic Breast Cancer (ARTIC-M33/2)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2009 by Heidelberg University.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
H. W. & J. Hector-Stiftung, Weinheim
Dafra Pharma Research & Development BVBA
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Heidelberg University Identifier:
First received: September 30, 2008
Last updated: July 14, 2011
Last verified: February 2009

The purpose of this study is to evaluation the tolerability of an add-on therapy with artesunate with a duration of 4 weeks in patients with advanced breast cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Metastatic Breast Cancer
Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
Drug: artesunate
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective Open Uncontrolled Phase I Study of Compatibility, Safety&Pharmacokinetics of Artesunate, a Semisynthetic Derivative of Artemisinin From the Chinese Herb Artemisia Annua in Patients With Metastatic/Locally Advanced Breast Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Heidelberg University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Dose limiting adverse events with possible, probable or definite relation with the respective dose level of the add-on therapy [ Time Frame: 8-12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adverse events, relation between adverse events and add-on therapy, cortisol profile in saliva, overall response rate, clinical benefit, assessment of patients expectations [ Time Frame: 8-12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: October 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: artesunate
    add-on therapy with daily single oral doses of 100, 150 or 200 mg of artesunate
    Other Names:
    • artesunic acid hemisuccinate
    • dihydroqinghaosu hemisuccinate
Detailed Description:

Additional objectives are:

  • parallel sampling of blood and saliva for the determination of drug concentrations and pharmacokinetic parameters in a substudy on the day of first application and during steady state
  • attempt to establish a therapeutical drug monitoring

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with histologically or cytologically confirmed breast cancer
  • Distant metastases or locally advanced breast cancer
  • Age ≥ 18 years
  • ECOG performance ≤ 2
  • Life expectancy of at least 6 months
  • Written informed consent
  • individual standard therapy according to guidelines
  • Oral intake of trial medication possible
  • Compliance with study procedures
  • Women of childbearing potential: negative pregnancy test before start of medication
  • Use of a highly effective method of birth control during intake of add-on therapy for women of childbearing potential being sexually active

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Allergy to artesunate or to other artemisinin derivatives
  • Concurrent conditions interfering with patient safety
  • Communication problems
  • Concurrent participation in another clinical trial or 4 weeks prior to recruitment
  • Participation in a clinical trial with an unapproved drug 6 months prior to recruitment
  • Sinus bradycardia, bradyarrhythmia
  • AV-Block II° and III°
  • QTc > 500 msec
  • Previously known long QT-syndrome
  • Concurrent intake of a medication with clinically relevant neurotoxicity or during 30 days prior to recruitment
  • Relevant neurological symptoms which might complicate the evaluation of the compatibility of the IMPD (f. e. cerebral metastases) or might be subject to worsening during intake of the IMPD
  • Radiotherapy 2 weeks prior of the intake of the IMPD
  • Concurrent intake of supplements or any other medication with unapproved efficacy f.e. vitamins, minerals or others (OTC)
  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Ineffective mode of contraception in women of childbearing potential
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00764036

Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Dep. Gyn. Endocrinology, Women's Hospital, University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, D-69115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Heidelberg University
H. W. & J. Hector-Stiftung, Weinheim
Dafra Pharma Research & Development BVBA
Principal Investigator: Cornelia U v. Hagens, MD Department of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dr. med. Cornelia von Hagens, Complementary&Integrative Med., Dep. 4.2, University Women's Hospital Heidelberg Identifier: NCT00764036     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: M33/2, EUDRACT 2007-004432-23
Study First Received: September 30, 2008
Last Updated: July 14, 2011
Health Authority: Germany: Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices

Keywords provided by Heidelberg University:
phase I

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Antiprotozoal Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
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