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Clinical Trial Summary

Pulmonary hypertension or elevation of the pressure in the pulmonary vessels, results from various clinical conditions. It may be idiopathic (of unknown cause) or associated with numerous diseases including cardiovascular and lung disorders. Affected individuals suffer from progressive shortness of breath and, in its most sever forms; pulmonary hypertension carries a worse prognosis than many types of cancer. There is no test currently that can easily and non-invasively detect abnormalities of the pulmonary circulation. Presently there is no cure for pulmonary hypertension and substantial research efforts are dedicated to the development of new drugs that will stop progression or better yet, reverse the disease process. The investigators do not know if any of the drugs currently commercialized for pulmonary hypertension directly improve the status of the pulmonary vessels since no test currently provides this information. Direct earlier detection of lung vessel abnormalities associated with pulmonary hypertension using a sensitive and non-invasive test would allow not only earlier testing of these and of new drugs, but would provide a much better surrogate of disease severity allowing more efficient pre-clinical drug testing. The aim of this phase II study is to evaluate the safety of PulmoBind in participants with pulmonary hypertension and its potential to detect abnormal pulmonary circulation associated within pulmonary hypertension.

Clinical Trial Description

Currently there is only one radiopharmaceutical agent approved in Canada (and the world) for clinical imaging of the pulmonary circulation, metastable isotope 99 of technetium. This agent is exclusively used for the diagnosis of physical defects of the circulation due to pulmonary embolus. There is imperative need for new lung tracers that will provide a greater safety profile while enabling functional as well as anatomical imaging of the pulmonary circulation. A novel adrenomedullin derivative has been developed, for molecular imaging of the pulmonary circulation. PulmoBind is labelled with metastable isotope 99 of technetium, the most commonly used imaging isotope in clinical nuclear medicine. PulmoBind is a adrenomedullin derivative specifically designed to bind to the adrenomedullin receptor while avoiding any hemodynamic effects. This novel tracer has the potential to help in the diagnosis and follow-up of various disorders of the pulmonary circulation for which there is currently no alternative. In PulmoBind I three escalating doses were administered and safety was assessed. The product was well tolerated and there were no safety concerns. Imaging revealed predominant lung uptake. ;

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

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NCT number NCT02216279
Study type Interventional
Source Montreal Heart Institute
Status Completed
Phase Phase 2
Start date September 2014
Completion date September 2015

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