Study of Ampligen in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified April 2014 by Hemispherx Biopharma
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First received: September 16, 2005
Last updated: April 11, 2014
Last verified: April 2014

September 16, 2005
April 11, 2014
March 1997
February 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Safety [ Time Frame: Every 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
Evaluate safety
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Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00215813 on Archive Site
Quality of Life Assessments [ Time Frame: Every 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Karnofsky Performance Score (KPS), Activities of Daily Living (ADL), SF-36 and SCL-90
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Study of Ampligen in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
An Open-Label Study Of Poly I:Poly C12U (AMPLIGEN®)IN Patients With Severely Debilitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

This is an open label study of Ampligen in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

An Open-Label Study of Poly I: Poly C12U (Ampligen®) in Patients with Severely Debilitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). The FDA approved the study for cost recovery. Patients enrolled in the study are responsible for costs related to the therapy, e.g., drug cost, infusion cost, cost of supplies, diagnostic and other laboratory testing.

Phase 3
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Drug: Poly I: Poly C12U
200-400 mg IV infusions given twice weekly over a period of 30-60 minutes
Other Names:
  • Ampligen
  • Rintatolimod
Experimental: Poly I: Poly C12U
200-400 mg IV infusions given twice weekly over a period of 30-60 minutes
Intervention: Drug: Poly I: Poly C12U
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
February 2015
February 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (> 12 months) as defined by the 1988 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC case definition for CFS or as defined only by the 1994 CDC case definition of CFS (Fukuda et al., Ann Intern Med. 1994; 121:953-959) (other clinical conditions which could present with similar symptoms must be excluded.).
  2. Age Range: >= 18 years old, <= 70 years old.
  3. Males or non-pregnant, non-lactating females: Females must be of non-child bearing potential (either post-menopausal for two years or surgically sterile including tubal ligation) or using an effective means of contraception (birth control pills, intrauterine device, diaphragm). Females who are less than two (2) years post-menopausal, those with tubal ligations and those using contraception must have a negative serum pregnancy test within the four (4) weeks prior to the first study medication infusion. Females of child bearing potential agree to use an effective means of contraception from four (4) weeks prior to the baseline pregnancy test until four (4) weeks after the last study medication infusion.
  4. A reduced quality of life as determined by a Karnofsky performance score (KPS) of >= 20 and <= 60. The KPS must be rounded in increments of ten (10).
  5. Ability to provide written informed consent indicating awareness of the investigational nature of this study.
  6. Documentation (during baseline or historically following onset of CFS/ME) of a negative antinuclear antibody test (ANA) or a negative anti-ds (double-stranded) DNA, a negative rheumatoid factor, and an erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Documentation during baseline of a normal T4 (or other laboratory evidence that subject is euthyroid) is also required.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Inability to return for scheduled treatment and assessments.
  2. Chronic or intercurrent acute medical disorder or disease making implementation or interpretation of the protocol or results difficult or unsafe.
  3. Pregnant or lactating females.
  4. Therapy with immunomodulatory drugs (including gamma globulin, systemic steroids, interferons), antivirals (including acyclovir, AZT and/or other antiviral nucleoside analogues) or investigational drugs within the past 6 weeks. Subjects must give written informed consent prior to discontinuation of any medications.
  5. Necessity to continue aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for thirty (30) consecutive days or for more than 20% of study duration.
18 Years to 70 Years
Contact: Diane Young 732-249-3250 ext 609
Contact: Ann Marie Coverly 215-988-0080 ext 115
United States
AMP 511
Hemispherx Biopharma
Hemispherx Biopharma
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Principal Investigator: Daniel Peterson, M.D. Sierra Internal Medicine
Principal Investigator: Lucinda Bateman, M.D. Fatigue Consultation Clinic
Principal Investigator: Charles W. Lapp, M.D. Hunter-Hopkins Center, P.A.
Principal Investigator: Nancy Klimas, M.D. Nova Southeastern University Chronic Fatigue Center
Principal Investigator: Derek Enlander, MD Private Practice CFIDS Fibromyalgia & CFS
Hemispherx Biopharma
April 2014

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