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A Study to Determine if Antibiotics Prevent Infection in the Pancreas of Patients Where Part of the Pancreas Has Died

Information source: AstraZeneca
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Condition(s) targeted: Pancreatitis, Acute Necrotizing

Intervention: meropenem (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: AstraZeneca

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
AntiInfection Medical Science Director, MD, Study Director, Affiliation: AstraZeneca


This is a research study in patients having a condition known as necrotizing pancreatitis. This is inflammation of the pancreas (an intestinal organ which assists with digestion) that has resulted in the damage and death of some pancreatic tissue. This damaged pancreatic

tissue may develop a bacterial infection, which can cause further - sometimes very serious-

health problems. It may be possible to prevent or delay infection by giving 'prophylactic' antibiotics (that

is - to provide protection before any infection starts). However, it is not certain that

this antibiotic therapy will be successful. This study is being carried out to see whether the antibiotic 'Meropenem' (which is also known as MERREM I. V.) provides protection from developing a pancreatic infection. This will be done by comparing the progress of patients who receive meropenem with those who receive a non-active placebo solution (a solution that does not contain any active medication). Meropenem or placebo would be given in addition to the standard treatment received for pancreatitis. It is not known if meropenem will help prevent infections associated with necrotizing pancreatitis. Approximately 240 patients will take part in this study. Study participation will be carried out for up to 6 weeks, and patients will receive the study treatment up to a maximum of 21 days.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Multicentre, Randomised, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Study on the Use of Prophylactic Meropenem Therapy in Subjects With Severe Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Prevention


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosis of necrotizing pancreatitis within 120 hours following onset of

symptoms/first reported symptoms.

- Primary diagnosis to be confirmed by contrast-enhanced CT evidence of 30% necrosis of

the pancreas.

- Or if > or equal to 30% necrosis is not present or cannot be confirmed, a contrast

enhanced CT scan showing extensive or multiple pancreatic fluid collections and pancreatic edema (Balthazar Grade E) with either C-reactive protein (CRP). 120 mg/L or a MOD score of > 2 is acceptable. Exclusion Criteria:

- Received an investigational drug or device within 30 days prior to entering study.

- Received > 48 hours of antibiotic therapy between onset of symptoms of pancreatitis

and diagnosis of necrotizing pancreatitis.

- The subject has known or suspected anaphylactic or other type 1 (immediate)

hypersensitivity reactions to cephalosporins, penicillins or carbapenems.

- The subject is receiving, or will require, probenecid therapy.

- The subject is neutropenic (absolute neutrophil count < 1000/mm 3).

- The subject has cirrhosis, severity of Child's grade C.

- There is not a commitment on the part of the clinical care team, the subject, or the

subject's family to full, aggressive support including operative intervention if needed.

- The subject is a pregnant and/or nursing female

Locations and Contacts

Research Site, San Francisco, California, United States

Research Site, Tampa, Florida, United States

Research Site, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Research Site, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Research Site, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Research Site, Worchester, Massachusetts, United States

Research Site, Newark, New Jersey, United States

Research Site, New York, New York, United States

Research Site, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Research Site, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Research Site, Seattle, Washington, United States

Additional Information

Starting date: February 2003
Last updated: November 17, 2010

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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