Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Partially Blinded, Skin Photobiological Clinical Study of the Efficacy and Safety of a Sunscreen Product as Skin Protector Against Porfimer Sodium-induced Phototoxicity to Visible Light


Rochester, Minn.

Trial status:
Open for Enrollment
Why is this study being done?

Human subjects with planned PDT course will be evaluated to confirm eligibility. Prior to enrollment, all inclusion and exclusion criteria will be verified. Medical procedures including demographic information (age, sex, race, smoking and drinking habits), medical/surgical history, physical exam (including vital signs, body weight, height, and skin color), clinical laboratory testing, concomitant medication intake and other therapy uses will be collected. The study procedures will begin after the intravenous injection of porfimer sodium. Skin photobiological testing will consist of four 2-day periods performed over three months after the injection of porfimer sodium at a dose of 2 mg/kg of body weight. Each period will include a Skin Illumination session and a Skin Evaluation session. During the Skin Illumination session, the Solar Protection Formula® SPF 60 will be randomly applied at a dose of 2 mg/cm² on a skin subunit area of the back 30 minutes before illumination. A second skin subunit will be used as a "no-treatment" observational area. Therefore, each subject will be her/his own control. Illumination will be performed using a visible light source. During the Skin Evaluation session, skin reactions will be scored by an outcome assessor 24 hours after illumination according to a pre-determined rating scale. The outcome assessor will be blinded to the active treatment sequence applications. All subjects will be followed for three months.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Subjects are males or females aged 18 or older. - Subjects scheduled to undergo PDT with porfimer sodium for an approved indication. - Fair-skin human subjects with skin types II or III (blond or red hair, freckles, blue or green eyes) according to Fitzpatrick Classification. - Subjects must be entirely free of any vitamin A, provitamin A, beta-carotene supplements, or photosensitizing agents, taken orally or topically applied on the back area to be used for the skin photobiological testing procedures, for at least 30 days prior to the injection of porfimer sodium. - Non-menopausal or non-sterile female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test at the time of entry into the study. - Non-menopausal or non-surgically sterilized female subjects of childbearing potential must use a medically acceptable form of birth control. - Subjects must sign an Informed Consent Form, which must comply with the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines and local requirements. Exclusion Criteria: - Subjects who have received PDT during the six months prior to the date of the informed consent signature. - Subjects who would likely need a second PDT course within 90 days. - Subjects with clinically significant skin disorders, particularly in the back areas to be used for the skin photobiological testing procedures. - Subjects with intensive pigmented skin, pre-existing redness, or significant growth of hair in the back area to be used for the skin photobiological testing procedures. - Subjects with a presence or history of skin neoplasms. - Subjects with jaundice or porphyria cutanea tarda. - Subjects with frequent manifestations of vasomotor instability with flushing. - Subjects suffering from end-stage malignancy. - Known porphyria or hypersensitivity to sunlight or intense artificial light. - Known contraindications or hypersensitivity/allergy to excipients contained in the sunscreen formula. - Subjects with severe acute respiratory distress caused by an obstructing endobronchial lesion. - Subjects with a presence or history of neoplasms (treated during the last five years prior to study entry) other than carcinoma in situ of the cervix. - Subjects with esophageal or gastric varices. - Subjects with severe renal or hepatic impairment. - Subjects with tracheoesophageal or bronchoesophageal fistula. - Subjects with tumors eroding into a major blood vessel. - Known contraindications or hypersensitivity/allergy to porfimer sodium. - Subjects with esophageal ulcers > 1 cm in diameter. - Female subjects who intend to become pregnant or intend to breast-feed during this study. - Subjects unable to attend all visits required for the skin photobiological testing procedures. - Subjects who have been treated with any investigational drug during 60 days prior to the date of the informed consent signature.

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