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A Phase 3 Study Comparing the Effects of Subcutaneous Epoetin Hospira and Epoetin Alfa [Epogen] (Amgen) in Patients With Chronic Renal Failure Requiring Hemodialysis and Receiving Epoetin Maintenance Treatment. AiME - Anemia Management With Epoetin

Last updated on March 14, 2019

Study Location
North America Research Institute
Azusa, California, 91702 United States
Eligibility criteria
The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.
Chronic Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease
Females and Males
Pediatric Trials: 0-17 Years
Adult Trials: 18+ Years
18-80 years
Inclusion criteria
The factors, or reasons, that allow a person to participate in a clinical study.
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1. Patient is able to provide written informed consent after risks and benefits of the
study have been explained prior to any study related activities

2. Hemodialysis patients with chronic renal failure and renal anemia currently on stable
Epogen (Amgen) dose administered IV or SC, 1 to 3 times per week for whom the
following apply:

- A change in Epogen dosing of no more than 10% from the mean

- Mean hemoglobin between 9.0 and 11.0 g/dL

- No more than one hemoglobin result outside of range from 9.0-11.0 g/dL

- No hemoglobin result more than ±1 g/dL from the mean hemoglobin level

3. Patients on stable, adequate dialysis for at least 12 weeks prior to randomization,
defined as no clinically relevant changes of dialysis regimen and/or dialyzer

4. Patients with adequate iron stores, defined as plasma ferritin > 100 μg/L and TSAT
>20%, prior to randomization

5. Male or female patients aged 18 to 80 years (both inclusive)

6. If female, patient must be postmenopausal for at least one year prior to
randomization, surgically sterile (bilateral tubal ligation, bilateral oophorectomy or
hysterectomy), or practicing at least one of the following methods of birth control:

- hormonal contraceptives (oral, parenteral or transdermal) for at least 3 months
prior to randomization

- intrauterine device (IUD)

- double-barrier method (condoms, contraceptive sponge, diaphragm or vaginal ring
with spermicidal jellies or cream)

If hormonal contraceptives are used, the specific contraceptive must have been used for at
least 3 months prior to randomization. If the patient is currently using a hormonal
contraceptive, she should also use a barrier method during this study and for at least 30
days following the administration of the patient's last dose

Exclusion criteria
The factors, or reasons, that prevent a person from participating in a clinical study.
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1. Maintenance epoetin dosage >600 U/kg per week (1-3 times per week)

2. Treatment with long-acting epoetin analogues such as Aranesp ® within 12 weeks prior
to randomization

3. Any of the following within 3 months prior to randomization:

- Myocardial infarction

- Stroke (cerebrovascular accident)/cerebrovascular insult (minor stroke) or
transient ischemic attack/intracerebral bleeding/cerebral infarction

- Severe/unstable angina

- Coronary angioplasty, bypass surgery, or peripheral artery bypass graft

- Decompensated congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association [NYHA] class

- Pulmonary embolism

- Deep vein thrombosis or other thromboembolic event

- Received live or attenuated vaccination (except flu vaccination)

4. Uncontrolled hypertension within the 4 weeks prior to randomization defined as more
than 10% of post-dialysis blood pressures >170 mmHg systolic and/or >110 mmHg
diastolic, based on blood pressure readings obtained when the patient's post-dialysis
body weight was not more than 0.5 kg above their listed dry weight

5. Known, clinically manifested deficiency of folic acid and/or vitamin B12 (irrespective
of whether currently treated or not)

6. A patient with any active, uncontrolled systemic, inflammatory or malignant disease
that in the Investigator's opinion may be significant to exclude participation in the
study, including but not limited to demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis,
microbial, viral or fungal infection or mental disease

7. Contraindication for the test drug or have been previously treated with Epoetin

8. Relative or absolute iron deficiency prior to randomization into the Maintenance

9. Platelet count below 100 x 10^9/L

10. Clinically relevant increase of CRP (>10 mg/dL) for at least 2 weeks

11. Significant drug sensitivity or a significant allergic reaction to any drug, as well
as known hypersensitivity or idiosyncratic reaction to epoetin (or its excipients,
including albumin) or any other related drugs that in the judgment of the Investigator
is exclusionary for the study participation

12. History of any of the following:

- Detectable anti-rhEPO antibodies

- Clinically relevant malnutrition

- Confirmed aluminum intoxication

- Myelodysplastic syndrome

- Known bone marrow fibrosis (osteitis fibrosa cystica)

- Known seizure disorder

- Liver cirrhosis with clinical evidence of complications (portal hypertension,
splenomegaly, ascites)

13. A female patient who is pregnant, lactating or planning a pregnancy during the study

14. History of drug abuse or alcohol abuse within 2 years prior to randomization as
determined by the Investigator

15. Current participation or participation in a drug or other investigational research
study within 30 days prior to randomization

16. May not be able to comply with the requirements of this clinical study, communicate
effectively with study personnel, or is considered by the Investigator, for any
reason, to be an unsuitable candidate for the study

17. Donated or lost >475 mL (i.e., 1 pint) blood volume (including plasmapheresis) or had
a transfusion of any blood product within 3 months prior to randomization

18. A patient who in the Investigator's opinion, has any clinically significant abnormal
laboratory evaluations, including liver function taken at Screening Visit

19. Positive laboratory test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B surface
antigen (HBsAg)

A Phase 3 Study Comparing the Effects of Subcutaneous Epoetin Hospira and Epoetin Alfa [Epogen] (Amgen) in Patients With Chronic Renal Failure Requiring Hemodialysis and Receiving Epoetin Maintenance Treatment. AiME - Anemia Management With Epoetin


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