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Selepressin Evaluation Programme for Sepsis-Induced Shock - Adaptive Clinical Trial (SEPSIS-ACT)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Identifier:
First received: July 17, 2015
Last updated: August 29, 2017
Last verified: August 2017
This is a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, two-part adaptive clinical trial. The trial is designed to investigate the efficacy and safety of multiple dosing regimens of selepressin and to confirm the efficacy and safety of one dosing regimen in treatment of adult patients with septic shock requiring vasopressor.

Condition Intervention Phase
Septic Shock Drug: selepressin Drug: placebo Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Double-blind, Randomised, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 2b/3 Adaptive Clinical Trial Investigating the Efficacy and Safety of Selepressin as Treatment for Patients With Vasopressor-dependent Septic Shock

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Further study details as provided by Ferring Pharmaceuticals:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Vasopressor- and mechanical ventilator-free days [ Time Frame: Up to Day 30 ]
    This composite endpoint is defined as number of days from start of treatment to 30 days thereafter during which the patient is 1) alive; 2) free of treatment with vasopressors; 3) free of any mechanical ventilation

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • All-cause mortality [ Time Frame: At Day 90 ]
    Defined as the fraction of patients that have died

  • Renal replacement therapy-free days [ Time Frame: Up to Day 30 ]
  • Intensive care unit-free days [ Time Frame: Up to Day 30 ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1800
Actual Study Start Date: July 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: placebo
Experimental: Selepressin 1
Starting dose 1.7 ng/kg/min
Drug: selepressin
Experimental: Selepressin 2
Starting dose 2.5 ng/kg/min
Drug: selepressin
Experimental: Selepressin 3
Starting dose 3.5 ng/kg/min
Drug: selepressin
Experimental: Selepressin 4
Starting dose 5.0 ng/kg/min
Drug: selepressin


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Proven or suspected infection
  • Septic shock defined as hypotension requiring vasopressor treatment despite adequate fluid resuscitation
  • Informed consent obtained in accordance with local regulations

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not possible to initiate trial drug treatment within 12 hours from onset of vasopressor treatment for septic shock
  • Primary cause of hypotension not due to sepsis
  • Previous severe sepsis with intensive care unit admission within this hospital stay
  • Known/suspected acute mesenteric ischaemia
  • Suspicion of concomitant acute coronary syndrome based on clinical symptoms and/or ECG during this episode of septic shock
  • Chronic mechanical ventilation for any reason OR severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) requiring either continuous daily oxygen use during the preceding 30 days or mechanical ventilation (for acute exacerbation of COPD) during the preceding 30 days
  • Received bone marrow transplant during the preceding 6 months or chemotherapy during the preceding 30 days for lymphoma or leukemia
  • Known to be pregnant
  • Decision to limit full care taken before obtaining informed consent
  • Use of vasopressin in the past 12 hours prior to start of trial drug treatment or use of terlipressin within 7 days prior to start of trial drug treatment
  • Prior enrolment in the trial
  • Prior use of an investigational medicinal product within the last month OR planned or concurrent participation in a clinical trial for any investigational drug or investigational device
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02508649

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Study Director: Clinical Development Support Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ferring Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT02508649     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 000133
2014-003973-41 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: July 17, 2015
Last Updated: August 29, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Shock, Septic
Pathologic Processes
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Inflammation processed this record on September 20, 2017