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COMFORT Study: A Crossover Study of NeoRecormon (Epoetin Beta) and Darbepoetin Alfa in Patients With Renal Anemia.

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00377481
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 18, 2006
Last Update Posted : November 2, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hoffmann-La Roche

Brief Summary:
This study will assess the comfort of subcutaneous injections of NeoRecormon and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp) in patients with renal anemia. Eligible patients will be randomized to receive comparable subcutaneous injections of either darbepoetin alfa (30 micrograms) or NeoRecormon (6000IU). They will then be crossed over to the alternative treatment arm for further treatment. After each injection pain will be assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and 6-point verbal rating scale (VRS), and patient preference will be assessed. The anticipated time on study treatment is <3 months, and the target sample size is <100 individuals.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anemia Drug: darbepoetin alfa Drug: epoetin beta [NeoRecormon] Phase 4

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 48 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomised, Cross-Over Study to Investigate the Comfort of Injection of Renal Anaemia Patients Receiving Subcutaneous NeoRecormon® Compared to Darbepoetin Alfa.
Study Start Date : September 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anemia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1 Drug: epoetin beta [NeoRecormon]
6000 IU sc weekly (2 doses)

Active Comparator: 2 Drug: darbepoetin alfa
30 micrograms sc weekly (2 doses)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Local pain due to s.c. injection (by VAS). [ Time Frame: After each injection ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient preference. [ Time Frame: At end of study ]
  2. AEs, vital signs. [ Time Frame: Throughout study ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adult patients, >18 years of age;
  • patients with renal anemia or post-transplant anemia.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • poorly controlled hypertension;
  • known hypersensitivity to NeoRecormon or darbepoetin alfa.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00377481

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Adelaide, Australia, 5011
Gosford, Australia, 2250
Liverpool, Australia, 2170
Melbourne, Australia, 3168
Parkville, Australia, 3052
St. Leonards, Australia, 2065
Sydney, Australia, NSW 2148
Woolloongabba, Australia, 4102
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoffmann-La Roche
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Study Director: Clinical Trials Hoffmann-La Roche
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Hoffmann-La Roche Identifier: NCT00377481    
Other Study ID Numbers: ML20339
First Posted: September 18, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 2, 2016
Last Verified: November 2016
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Hematologic Diseases
Darbepoetin alfa