A Randomized, Placebo Controlled, Parallel-Group, Double Blind Efficacy and Safety Trial of MK-8931 With a Long Term Double-Blind Extension in Subjects With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer s Disease (Protocol No. MK-8931-017-08)(Also Known as SCH 900931, P07738)

Location:

Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.

Trial status:

Open for Enrollment

Why is this study being done?

Two substudies are included in Part I of the study: 1) a medical imaging substudy to evaluate changes in brain amyloid protein load using positron emission tomography (PET) and an amyloid tracer ([18F]flutemetamol); and 2) a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker substudy to evaluate changes in CSF concentrations of amyloid-β related peptides, total tau, and phosphorylated tau (p-tau). The substudies will be conducted only at designated investigational sites. Participants are not required to take part in a substudy in order to take part in the larger trial.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis of probable AD based on both a) the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke/Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association (NINCDS-ADRDA) criteria and b) the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria for AD - AD is of mild to moderate severity - Clear history of cognitive and functional decline over at least one year that is either a) documented in medical records or b) documented by history from an informant who knows the subject well - Able to read at a 6th grade level or equivalent, and must have a history of academic achievement and/or employment sufficient to exclude mental retardation - If a participant is receiving an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, memantine, medical food/supplement (e.g., vitamin E) and/or herbal medications for AD, the dose must have been stable for at least three months before Screening, and the participant must be willing to remain on the same dose for the duration of the trial. Participants may need to be on AD treatments in accordance with local requirements - Participant must have a reliable and competent trial partner/caregiver who must have a close relationship with the subject Inclusion Criteria for Extension Period (Part II): - Tolerated study drug and completed the initial 78-week period of the trial (Part I) - Participant must have a reliable and competent trial partner who must have a close relationship with the subject Exclusion Criteria: - History of stroke - Evidence of a neurological disorder other than the disease being studied (i.e., probable AD) - History of seizures or epilepsy within the last 5 years before Screening - Evidence of a clinically relevant or unstable psychiatric disorder, excluding major depression in remission - Participant is at imminent risk of self-harm or of harm to others - History of alcoholism or drug dependency/abuse within the last 5 years before Screening - Participant is unwilling or not eligible to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan - History of hepatitis or liver disease that has been active within the six months prior to Screening Visit - Recent or ongoing, uncontrolled, clinically significant medical condition within 3 months of the Screening Visit (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, thyroid or endocrine disease, congestive heart failure, angina, cardiac or gastrointestinal disease, dialysis, or abnormal renal function) other than the condition being studied such that participation in the trial would pose a significant medical risk to the subject. Controlled co-morbid conditions are not exclusionary if stable within three months of the Screening Visit - History or current evidence of long QT syndrome, corrected QT (QTc) interval ≥470 milliseconds (for male subjects) or ≥480 milliseconds (for female subjects), or torsades de pointes - History of malignancy occurring within the five years before Screening, except for adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer, or localized prostate carcinoma; or malignancy which has been treated with potentially curative therapy with no evidence of recurrence for ≥3 year post-therapy - Clinically significant vitamin B12 or folate deficiency in the six months before Screening Visit - Use of any investigational drugs within 30 days (or longer depending on drug) before Screening or participation in studies involving repeated cognitive testing within 30 days before Screening. Participation in an observational study, such as those involving annual cognitive assessments, may be allowed if approved by Sponsor - History of a hypersensitivity reaction to more than three drugs - Has tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - Close family member (including the caregiver, the spouse or any children) who is among the personnel of the investigational or sponsor staff directly involved with this trial Additional Exclusion Criteria for Safety Cohort: - History of an ongoing medical condition that has been poorly controlled within 6 months of the Screening Visit (e.g., hypotension, diabetes, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, thyroid disease, endocrine disturbance, congestive heart failure, cardiac or gastrointestinal disease, dialysis, or abnormal renal function) other than the condition being studied such that a subject's participation in the trial would pose a significant medical risk - History of congestive heart failure (moderate or greater severity), myocardial infarction, heart surgery, syncope, bradycardia, or clinically significant hypotension within one year before Screening Exclusion Criteria for Extension Period (Part II): - Participant is at imminent risk of self-harm or of harm to others - Has developed a recent or ongoing, uncontrolled, clinically significant medical condition other than AD - Has history of or has developed during Part I evidence of long QT syndrome, QTc interval ≥470 milliseconds (for male subjects) or ≥480 milliseconds (for female subjects), or torsades de pointes - Has developed a form of dementia that is not AD

Last updated:

10/16/2014

NCT ID:

NCT01739348

IRB Number:

13-000419