A Study to Assess Whether Macitentan Delays Disease Progression in Children With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)


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  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • During the early phases (phases 1 and 2), researchers assess safety, side effects, optimal dosages and risks/benefits. In the later phase (phase 3), researchers study whether the treatment works better than the current standard therapy. They also compare the safety of the new treatment with that of current treatments. Phase 3 trials include large numbers of people to make sure that the result is valid. There are also less common very early (phase 0) and later (phase 4) phases. Phase 0 trials are small trials that help researchers decide if a new agent should be tested in a phase 1 trial. Phase 4 trials look at long-term safety and effectiveness, after a new treatment has been approved and is on the market.

  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 17-001265
    NCT ID: NCT02932410
    Sponsor Protocol Number: AC-055-312

About this study

This is a prospective, multicenter, open-label, randomized, controlled, parallel group, group-sequential, event-driven Phase 3 study to evaluate efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics (PK) of macitentan in children.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Signed informed consent by the parent(s) or legally designated representative and assent from developmentally capable children prior to initiation of any study-mandated procedure.
  2. Males or females between ≥ 2 years and < 18 years of age.
  3. Subjects with body weight ≥ 10 kg at randomization.
  4. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) diagnosis, confirmed by historical right heart catheterization (mPAP ≥ 25 mmHg, and PAWP ≤ 15 mmHg, and PVRi > 3 WUxm2).
  5. PAH belonging to the Nice 2013 Updated Classification Group 1 (including subjects with Down syndrome) and of following etiologies:
    • idiopathic PAH
    • heritable PAH
    • PAH associated with congenital heart disease (CHD)
    • Drug or toxin induced PAH
    • PAH associated with HIV
    • PAH associated with connective tissue diseases (PAH-aCTD)
  6. WHO Functional class I to III.
  7. Females of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test at Screening and at Baseline, and must agree to undertake monthly pregnancy tests, and to use a reliable method of contraception (if sexually active) up to the end of study (EOS).

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects with PAH due to portal hypertension, schistosomiasis, or with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease and/or pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.
  2. Subjects with PAH associated with Eisenmenger syndrome, or with moderate to large left-to-right shunts.
  3. Subjects receiving a combination of > 2 PAH-specific treatments at randomization.
  4. Treatment with i.v. or s.c. prostanoids within 4 weeks before randomization, unless given for vasoreactivity testing.
  5. Hemoglobin or hematocrit <75% of the lower limit of normal range
  6. Serum AST and/or ALT > 3 times the upper limit of normal range'
  7. Pregnancy (including family planning) or breastfeeding.
  8. Any circumstances or conditions, which, in the opinion of the investigator, may affect full participation in the study or compliance with the protocol.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Jonathan Johnson, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Katrina Pierce CCRP