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The purpose of this study is to find out if one year of romosozumab (Evenity®), a monthly injection given in the arm under the skin, prior to an infusion of zoledronic acid Reclast®, works to treat bone loss and prevent it from worsening in older women (ages 65 and older) who have osteoporosis and reside in long-term care (LTC) facilities.


Clinical Trial Description

Objective: The long-term goal of this study is to improve health, well-being and quality of life in the frail Long-term Care (LTC) population by reducing fractures. The short-term goal is to demonstrate efficacy of the novel dual action Romosozumab (ROMO) to improve Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and skeletal integrity and its safety, a necessary (but not sufficient) precondition of a large fracture reduction trial. The investigators propose to conduct a 2-year, randomized, double-blind, calcium vitamin D controlled trial to test the efficacy and safety of the sclerostin inhibitor ROMO among a cohort of 200 underserved, institutionalized, frail women ≥65 years old. Bone measures will be collected in a mobile lab. The monthly subcutaneous therapy negates concerns regarding poor oral absorption or compliance. The use of annual Zoledronic Acid (ZOL) to follow ROMO, will prevent bone loss and insure the entire group will be provided with at least 1 year of therapy. The groups include: 1) ROMO →ZOL vs 2) placebo →ZOL. Aim 1: Evaluate efficacy of bone building ROMO treatment prior to ZOL in improving bone mineral density. H1: Women on ROMO →ZOL will have greater hip and spine BMD increases after 2 years (H1.1-primary) and 1 year (H1.2), and at other locations (H1.3). Aim 2: Examine improvements in 3D trabecular microstructure (TBS), markers of bone turnover and collect preliminary evidence for a fracture reduction trial. The investigators will measure vertebral trabecular bone score (TBS), a 3-D microarchitectural image and parameters of the spine, hip, and lateral spine H2: Women on ROMO →ZOL will have greater increases in TBS measures of spine, hip and lateral spine after one (H2.1) and two (H2.2) years; and improvement in bone turnover markers (CTx and P1NP; H2.3). Aim 3: Determine characteristics associated with responders and non responders. The investigators will use multiple regression analyses and other data mining techniques to identify baseline characteristics of responders and non-responders. H3.1: Poor baseline functional/cognitive status/immobility will be associated with poor bone healthy outcomes. H3.2: Greater early changes in bone turnover markers will be associated with greater skeletal improvements. ;


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NCT number NCT05058976
Study type Interventional
Source University of Pittsburgh
Contact Cristie Porco, RN
Phone 412-692-2483
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase Phase 4
Start date September 15, 2021
Completion date September 2027

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