Extended-Release vs. Oral Naltrexone Alcohol Treatment in Primary Care (X-ON)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01893827|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : July 9, 2013
Last Update Posted : January 28, 2019
The proposed study is a pragmatic, randomized, open-label clinical trial of 24 weeks of XR-NTX vs. O-NTX using a COMBINE-adapted Medical Management primary care treatment model. 234 adults >18yo with alcohol dependence will be recruited from the community into treatment in public sector primary care settings. The primary outcome which powers this study is a dichotomous good clinical outcome defined by abstinence or moderate drinking, and as measured by the Timeline Follow-back and analyzed using an intention-to-treat approach among all randomized participants. Secondary outcomes include the incremental cost effectiveness of the two arms, differences between arms by continuous measures of alcohol intake (drinks/day, % days abstinent, time to first heavy drinking day, bio-markers), and the exploratory analysis of factors possibly associated with effectiveness, including gender, prior treatment abstinence, and mu opioid receptor (OPRM1) genotypes.
Specific Aim 1: Treatment Effectiveness. To evaluate the effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX) vs. oral naltrexone (O-NTX) in producing a primary good clinical outcome, defined as abstinence or moderate drinking (<2 drinks/day, men; <1drink/day,women; and <2 heavy drinking occasions/month), during the final 20 of 24 weeks of primary care-based Medical Management for alcohol dependence. Hypothesis: The rate of this good clinical outcome will be approximately twice as great among participants receiving XR-NTX compared with those receiving O-NTX.
Specific Aim 2: Cost Effectiveness. To estimate the incremental cost effectiveness of XR-NTX vs. O-NTX,both in conjunction with primary care-based Medical Management. Hypothesis: XR-NTX treatment will be more cost effective than O-NTX.
Specific Aim 3: Patient-Level Predictors of Effectiveness. To identify patient-level characteristics associated with effectiveness in both arms.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Alcohol Dependence||Drug: XR-NTX (Extended-Release Naltrexone) Drug: Oral Naltrexone (O-NTX)||Phase 4|
Rationale: Though integration of alcohol pharmacotherapy into primary care settings is receiving increasing emphasis and support, rigorous data to inform clinicians' treatment choice is lacking. The most recently FDA-approved alcohol treatment medication, an extended-release depot form of naltrexone (XR-NTX, Vivitrol®), could greatly simplify the medical home-centered alcohol treatment emphasized in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Clinician's Guide. Injected once a month, XR-NTX offers a long-acting and thus potentially more effective form of pharmacotherapy than oral naltrexone (O-NTX), which, despite the Combined Pharmacotherapies and Behavioral Interventions for Alcohol Dependence (COMBINE) trial and systematic reviews supporting some efficacy, has been characterized by low rates of overall prescribing, poor adherence, suboptimal monthly refill and inadequate treatment retention. Yet while promising as an alternative to O-NTX, XR-NTX is substantially more expensive (~$1100 vs. ~$100 per month), and no head-to-head trials have compared the two forms of naltrexone. A comparative effectiveness approach is required to systematically evaluate the following key questions: In primary care settings, what is the relative clinical effectiveness of XR-NTX vs. O-NTX? What are the benefits and costs of XR-NTX relative to O-NTX? And can patient and system characteristics be identified to inform treatment choice to maximize the probability of successful outcome?
Implications: Despite several years of experience, the comparative effectiveness of XR-NTX compared to older alcohol medications remains uncertain, particularly in a mainstream, primary care treatment model that is generalizable and broadly accessible. Newer, novel, expensive medications for addiction disorders are historically greatly underutilized by primary care physicians. This study is innovative both as a 'head-to-head' evaluation of XR-NTX vs. O-NTX in primary care, and because expected participants will be primarily Medicaid-covered or uninsured persons who will not be excluded based on medical and psychiatric co-morbidities that often preclude participation in efficacy studies. If health insurance expansion, parity reforms, medical homes and accountable care organizations are to define primary care as a core alcohol treatment setting in the coming decade, exactly this type of study is required to guide treatment protocols and resource allocation. Ultimately, more widespread adoption of cost-effective alcohol pharmacotherapies will result in longer,healthier lives and lower costs.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||237 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Randomized, Open-label Clinical Trial of Extended-Release vs. Oral Naltrexone for Alcohol Treatment in Primary Care.|
|Actual Study Start Date :||June 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||September 12, 2019|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||September 12, 2019|
Active Comparator: XR-NTX
Xr-NTX 380mg IM injection monthly x 6 months
Drug: XR-NTX (Extended-Release Naltrexone)
380mg (4cc) XR-NTX administered by IM injection 1x/month for 6 months.
Other Name: Vivitrol
Active Comparator: Oral Naltrexone
Oral naltrexone 50mg/day x 6 months
Drug: Oral Naltrexone (O-NTX)
50mg pill form of naltrexone taken 1x/day for 6 months.
Other Name: Revia
- Good Clinical Outcome (alcohol abstinence or moderate drinking only) [ Time Frame: 4-24 weeks ]Number of drinks (<2 drinks/day, men; <1drink/day, women; and <2 heavy drinking occasions/month) during the final 20 of 24 weeks of primary care-based Medical Management for alcohol dependence.
- Cost-effectiveness [ Time Frame: 0-24 weeks ]To estimate the incremental cost-effectiveness of XR-NTX vs. O-NTX, both in conjunction with primary care-based medical management. Economic data will be derived primarily from the Economic Form 90, Non-Study Medical Service and electronic medical records assessments, EQ-5D (functional status), and a cost survey or standardized question querying patient reports of specific non-medical related costs (including lost/gained work, lost/gained dependent care, transportation costs, arrests, motor vehicle accidents) collected at baseline and at week 10, 18, 26, and 48 assessments.
- Patient-level predictors of effectiveness [ Time Frame: 4-24 weeks ]To identify patient-level characteristics (gender, ethnicity, pre-treatment abstinence, voluntary specialty alcohol treatment and Alcoholics Anonymous involvement) associated with effectiveness in both arms. Baseline Demographic and Timeline Follow-Back and in-study Non-Study Medical Service questionnaires will characterized these patient-level variables.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01893827
|United States, New York|
|New York University School of Medicine|
|New York, New York, United States, 10016|
|Principal Investigator:||Joshua D. Lee, MD, MSc||NYU School of Medicine, Dept. Population Health|