Sildenafil Therapy for Pulmonary Hypertension and Sickle Cell Disease

This study has been terminated.
(Subjects on drug were more likely to have severe pain crises requiring hospitalization.)
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00492531
First received: June 26, 2007
Last updated: June 3, 2011
Last verified: June 2011
Results First Received: April 28, 2011  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized;   Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study;   Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment;   Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator);   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Conditions: Sickle Cell Disease
Pulmonary Hypertension
Interventions: Drug: Sildenafil
Drug: Placebo

  Participant Flow
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Recruitment Details
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Subjects with Sickle cell hemoglobinopathy were recruited from 10 centers(9 in United States and 1 in United Kingdom)

Pre-Assignment Details
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Reporting Groups
  Description
Sildenafil Subjects received oral sildenafil 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).
Placebo Subjects received matching oral dose of placebo 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).

Participant Flow:   Overall Study
    Sildenafil     Placebo  
STARTED     37     37  
COMPLETED     15 [1]   14 [2]
NOT COMPLETED     22     23  
Withdrawn(More than one reason selected)                 22                 23  
[1] Of 15 subjects who completed study, 13 were enrolled in Open label.
[2] Of 14 subjects who completed study, 13 were enrolled in Open label.



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Population Description
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Reporting Groups
  Description
Sildenafil Subjects received oral sildenafil 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).
Placebo Subjects received matching oral dose of placebo 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).
Total Total of all reporting groups

Baseline Measures
    Sildenafil     Placebo     Total  
Number of Participants  
[units: participants]
  37     37     74  
Age  
[units: years]
Mean ± Standard Deviation
  47  ± 13     44  ± 14     45  ± 13  
Gender  
[units: participants]
     
Female     23     23     46  
Male     14     14     28  
Ethnicity (NIH/OMB)  
[units: Participants]
     
Not Hispanic or Latino     32     37     69  
Unknown or Not Reported     5     0     5  
Race (NIH/OMB)  
[units: participants]
     
Black or African American     36     37     73  
Unknown or Not Reported     1     0     1  
6 minute walk [1]
[units: Meters]
Mean ± Standard Deviation
  381  ± 75     386  ± 75     383  ± 75  
Tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity (TRV) [2]
[units: m/s]
Mean ± Standard Deviation
  3.0  ± 0.5     3.0  ± 0.3     3.0  ± 0.3  
[1] The distance walked in six minute was used to assess the exercise capacity of the patient at baseline.
[2] Tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity was measured by transthoracic Doppler Echocardiography.



  Outcome Measures
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1.  Primary:   Change in Exercise Capacity as Assessed by 6 Minute Walk.   [ Time Frame: Baseline to week 16/Imputed last visit. ]

2.  Secondary:   Change From Baseline in Pulmonary Hypertension at Week 16 as Assessed by Tricuspid Regurgitant Jet Velocity   [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
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Measure Type Secondary
Measure Title Change From Baseline in Pulmonary Hypertension at Week 16 as Assessed by Tricuspid Regurgitant Jet Velocity
Measure Description Secondary outcome measure was change from baseline in Pulmonary hypertension at week 16 as assessed by Tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity(TRV). Tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity was measured by transthoracic Doppler Echocardiography.
Time Frame 16 weeks  
Safety Issue No  

Population Description
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Reporting Groups
  Description
Sildenafil Subjects received oral sildenafil 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).
Placebo Subjects received matching oral dose of placebo 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).

Measured Values
    Sildenafil     Placebo  
Number of Participants Analyzed  
[units: participants]
  37     37  
Change From Baseline in Pulmonary Hypertension at Week 16 as Assessed by Tricuspid Regurgitant Jet Velocity  
[units: meters/second]
Mean ± Standard Deviation
   
Baseline     3.1  ± 0.5     3.0  ± 0.3  
Week 6     3.2  ± 0.7     2.9  ± 0.3  
Week 16     2.9  ± 0.5     2.9  ± 0.3  

No statistical analysis provided for Change From Baseline in Pulmonary Hypertension at Week 16 as Assessed by Tricuspid Regurgitant Jet Velocity



3.  Secondary:   Borg Dyspnea Score   [ Time Frame: baseline to 16 weeks ]
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Measure Type Secondary
Measure Title Borg Dyspnea Score
Measure Description Borg dyspnea score was used to measure the level of severity of breathlessness perceived by the patient before and after 6 minute walk. The severity is measured on a 10 point scale with 0= nothing at all and 10=maximum severity of breathlessness.
Time Frame baseline to 16 weeks  
Safety Issue No  

Population Description
Explanation of how the number of participants for analysis was determined. Includes whether analysis was per protocol, intention to treat, or another method. Also provides relevant details such as imputation technique, as appropriate.
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Reporting Groups
  Description
Sildenafil Subjects received oral sildenafil 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).
Placebo Subjects received matching oral dose of placebo 20 mg three times daily for six weeks, followed by 40 mg three times daily for four weeks, followed by 80 mg three times daily for six weeks (as tolerated).

Measured Values
    Sildenafil     Placebo  
Number of Participants Analyzed  
[units: participants]
  37     37  
Borg Dyspnea Score  
[units: Score on a scale]
Mean ± Standard Deviation
   
Baseline     2.5  ± 2.1     2.1  ± 2.0  
Week 6     3.4  ± 2.3     1.8  ± 1.3  
Week 10     2.7  ± 2.0     2.7  ± 1.7  
Week 16     2.0  ± 1.6     2.8  ± 2.4  

No statistical analysis provided for Borg Dyspnea Score



4.  Secondary:   Brain Natriuretic Peptide(BNP)Levels.   [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]


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  Limitations and Caveats
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Limitations of the study, such as early termination leading to small numbers of participants analyzed and technical problems with measurement leading to unreliable or uninterpretable data
As a result of early termination due to safety findings, the study was underpowered to assess the effects of sildenafil therapy on the predetermined efficacy endpoints.


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