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Comparison of ATG to Thymoglobuline in Renal Transplantation

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2010 by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier:
First received: March 12, 2009
Last updated: February 18, 2010
Last verified: February 2010

An open, multicenter, randomised, parallel group pilot study to investigate two different polyclonal rabbit immunoglobulin preparations for safety and efficacy: A comparison of ATG-Fresenius S to Thymoglobulin in prophylaxis for immunological high risk patients following renal transplantation. This non-inferiority trial shall demonstrate that ATG-Fresenius S is as efficacious as Thymoglobulin but has a better tolerance and fewer side effects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Transplantation, Kidney
Drug: ATG Fresenius
Drug: Thymoglobuline Genzyme
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open, Multicenter, Randomised, Parallel Group Pilot Study to Investigate Two Different Polyclonal Rabbit Immunoglobulin Preparations for Safety and Efficacy:A Comparison of ATG-Fresenius S to Thymoglobulin in Prophylaxis for Immunological High Risk Patients Following Renal Transplantation

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Adverse events [ Time Frame: Daily ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rejection [ Time Frame: Daily ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Graft function [ Time Frame: Daily ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Patient survival [ Time Frame: Daily ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Graft survival [ Time Frame: Daily ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: ATG Drug: ATG Fresenius
Day 0: 9 mg/kg bw bolus Days 1-4: 3 mg/kg bw/d
Active Comparator: Thymoglobuline Drug: Thymoglobuline Genzyme
Day 0-3: 1.5 mg/kg bw/d


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Recipients, who are at least 18 years or older and have a high immunological risk defined by:

    The presence of at least one donor-specific antibody (class I and/or II) detected and specified by flow-technology (FlowPRA and single antigen beads), which are

    • For class I below the threshold of detection of a current CDC T-cell-/ and B-cell cross-match
    • For class II below the threshold of detection of a current CDC B-cell cross-match.
  2. Patient receives a renal allograft only.
  3. Female patients of child bearing age agree to maintain effective birth control practice during the study.
  4. Patient has been fully informed and has given written or independent person witnessed oral informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patient is pregnant or breastfeeding.
  2. Patient has a low immunological risk constellation, defined by receiving a kidney from a HLA-identical related living donor.
  3. Patient and donor have a positive T-cell crossmatch.
  4. Patient and donor are ABO incompatible.
  5. Patient with combined transplantation.
  6. Age of donor >75 years.
  7. Cold ischemia time >40 hours.
  8. Patient has leucopenia, defined as having at transplantation less than 3000/mm3 leukocytes.
  9. Patient has thrombocytopenia, defined as having at transplantation less than 75000/mm3 thrombocytes.
  10. Patient is allergic or intolerant to ATG-Fresenius S, Thymoglobulin, steroids, Tacrolimus or MMF.
  11. EBV risk constellation (recipient EBV negative and donor EBV positive).
  12. Patient or donor is known to be HIV positive.
  13. Patient has a liver disease, defined as continuously having ASAT (SGOT) and/or ALAT (SGPT) levels greater than 3fold of the upper value of the normal range of the investigational site during the past 28 days.
  14. Patient with malignancy or history of malignancy <2 years, except non metastatic basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin that has been treated successfully.
  15. Patient has uncontrolled concomitant infections and/or severe diarrhea, vomiting, or active peptic ulcer.
  16. Patient is unlikely to comply with the visits schedule in the protocol.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00861536

Contact: Juerg Steiger, Prof +41 61 265 44 04

University Hospital Basel, Transplantation Immunology and Nephrology Recruiting
Basel, Switzerland, 4031
Contact: Juerg Steiger, Prof    +41 61 265 44 04   
Principal Investigator: Juerg Steiger, Prof         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Principal Investigator: Juerg Steiger, Prof University Hospital Basel, Transplantation Immunology and Nephrology
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Prof. Juerg Steiger, University Hospital Basel Identifier: NCT00861536     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 82/06
Study First Received: March 12, 2009
Last Updated: February 18, 2010
Health Authority: Switzerland: Swissmedic

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
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