A proof-of-concept, randomized, placebo-controlled, multiple cross-overs (n-of-1) study of naftazone in Parkinson's disease
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Hospital and University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France. Fundamental and Clinical Pharmacology
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05/2011; 26(4):557-64. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-8206.2011.00951.x
To explore for the first time the tolerability and efficacy of naftazone in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Proof-of-concept, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multiple-cross-over n-of-1 study in patients with PD with wearing-off and dyskinesias. Naftazone was titrated up to 120 mg/day during an initial single-blind dose-finding phase. Seven patients entered the placebo-controlled phase (four consecutive 28-day cross-overs). Three outcome measures were used to collect preliminary indices of efficacy: (i) 48-h ON-OFF diaries; (ii) Unified PD Rating Scale (UPDRS) part III while ON; (iii) seven-point Likert scale to assess "patients' discomfort caused by dyskinesias" (Q1) and 'disability during OFF-periods' (Q2). A 'responder' analysis (proportion of patients with mean treatment effect [naftazone minus placebo] favoring naftazone over the 4 cross-over periods) was used. Treatment effects were derived from mixed-effects anova. On diaries, 5/7 patients responded to naftazone for 'ON-time with troublesome dyskinesia' (reduced time, treatment effect: -49 [95% CI: -93/-4] min, P = 0.03), 6/7 regarding 'ON-time without troublesome dyskinesia' (increased time, treatment effect: 35 [-19/88], P = 0.2). No trend was observed for 'OFF' time. There were 7/7 'responders' regarding UPDRSIII (reduced score, treatment effect: -2.1[-4.5/0.2], P = 0.08). The 7-point scales did not show clear trends in favor of naftazone (3/7 responders for Q1 and 4/7 for Q2). Four of the seven patients reported adverse events after randomization, mostly related to the CNS (mild: 2, severe: 2). These pilot findings are consistent with preclinical data in primates and support the hypothesis that naftazone may have antiparkinsonian and antidyskinetic effects in humans that deserve further clinical investigation.
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- "We herein describe the further translation of this hypothesis to the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-intoxicated monkey model of PD, and the subsequent completion of a randomized, placebo-controlled, multiple cross-over ( " n-of-1 " ) trial in PD patients suffering from troublesome LID. Such exploratory trial design is highly suitable for rapid proof-of-concept challenging of a new indication of available drugs for LID management  "
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