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Efficacy and Safety of Grass Sublingual Tablet in Adults (P05238 AM3)(COMPLETED)

Information source: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Rhinoconjunctivitis; Rhinitis; Conjunctivitis; Allergy

Intervention: Placebo (Drug); SCH 697243 (Biological); Loratadine 10 mg Rescue Treatment (Drug); Olopatadine 0.1% Rescue Treatment (Drug); Mometasone 50 mcg Rescue Treatment (Drug); Prednisone 5 mg Rescue Treatment (Drug); Albuterol sulfate 108 mcg (Drug); Fluticasone propionate 44 mcg (Drug); Prednisone 5 mg (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


This purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy and safety of a grass sublingual (under-the-tongue) tablet.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Grass (Phleum Pratense) Sublingual Tablet (SCH 697243) in Adult Subjects With a History of Grass Pollen Induced Rhinoconjunctivitis With or Without Asthma

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Participant Total Combined Symptom (TCS) Score Over the Entire Grass Pollen Season (GPS)

Secondary outcome:

Participant Average Rhinoconjunctivitis Daily Symptom Score (DSS) Over the Entire GPS

Participant Average Rhinoconjunctivitis Daily Medication Score (DMS) Over the Entire GPS

Participant Average Weekly Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality-of-Life Questionnaire With Standardized Activities (RQLQ(S)) Total Score Over the Entire GPS

Detailed description: This is a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in participants 18 to 65 years of age, of either sex, and of any race with a history of grass pollen induced rhinoconjunctivitis with or without asthma. While receiving treatment, participants will receive either grass sublingual tablet or placebo. Open-label rescue medications for the hinoconjunctivitis and asthma symptoms will be provided. Participants will visit the study site for at least 12 visits. A total of 10 allergic symptoms, 6 rhinoconjunctivitis and 4 lung symptoms, will be recorded daily on an electronic diary by the participant. The start and end of the grass pollen season (GPS) was determined based on the regional grass pollen count, and lasted up to 162 days. For each region, the GPS is defined as the first day of 3 consecutive recorded days with a grass pollen count of ≥ 10 grains/m^3, to the last day of the last occurrence of 3 consecutive recorded days with a grass pollen count ≥ 10 grains/m^3, inclusively.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Participants must be 18 to 65 years of age, of either sex, and of any race.

- Participants must have a clinical history of significant allergic rhinoconjunctivitis

to grass (with or without asthma) diagnosed by a physician and have received treatment for their disease during the previous GPS.

- Participants must have a positive skin prick test response (average wheal diameter

>=5 mm larger than the saline control after 15 to 20 minutes) to Phleum pratense at the Screening Visit.

- Participants must be positive for specific IgE against Phleum pratense (>=IgE Class

2) at the Screening Visit.

- Participants must have an FEV1 >=70% of predicted value at the Screening Visit.

- Participants' safety laboratory tests, vital signs and ECG conducted at the Screening

Visit must be within normal limits or clinically acceptable to the investigator/sponsor.

- Participant must be willing to give written informed consent and be able to adhere to

dose and visit schedules.

- Female participants of childbearing potential must be using a medically acceptable

and adequate form of birth control. These include:

- hormonal contraceptives as prescribed by a physician (oral, hormonal vaginal

ring, hormonal implant or depot injectable);

- medically prescribed intra-uterine device;

- medically prescribed topically-applied transdermal contraceptive patch;

- double-barrier method (eg, condom in combination with a spermicide); vasectomy

and tubal ligation should each be considered as single barrier.

- Female participants of childbearing potential should be counseled in the appropriate

use of birth control while in the study. Female participants who are not currently sexually active must agree and consent to use one of the above-mentioned methods if they become sexually active while participating in the study.

- Female participants of childbearing potential must have a negative urine pregnancy

test at the Screening Visit in order to be considered eligible for enrollment. Exclusion Criteria:

- Participants with a clinical history of symptomatic seasonal allergic rhinitis and/or

asthma, having received regular medications due to another allergen during or potentially overlapping the GPS.

- Participants with a clinical history of significant symptomatic perennial allergic

rhinitis and/or asthma having received regular medication due to an allergen to which the subject is regularly exposed.

- Participants with sufficient pre-seasonal data in the observational phase will not be

eligible to continue in the treatment phase if the subject: 1) does not experience an increase in rhinoconjunctivitis symptom score of equal to or greater than 4 above the pre-seasonal average symptom score for at least 2 days, 2) does not use allergy rescue medication for at least 2 days, during the observational phase Year 1 2008 GPS.

- Participants that received an immunosuppressive treatment within 3 months prior to

the Screening Visit (except steroids for allergic and asthma symptoms).

- Participants with a clinical history of severe asthma.

- Participants with history of anaphylaxis with cardiorespiratory symptoms.

- Participants with a history of self-injectable epinephrine use.

- Participants with a history of chronic urticaria and angioedema.

- Participants with clinical history of chronic sinusitis during the 2 years prior to

the Screening Visit.

- Participants with current severe atopic dermatitis.

- Female participants who are breast-feeding, pregnant, or intending to become


- Participatns who have had previous treatment by immunotherapy with grass pollen

allergen or any other allergen within the 5 years prior to the Screening Visit.

- Participants with a known history of allergy, hypersensitivity or intolerance to the

ingredients of the investigational medicinal products (except for Phleum pratense), rescue medications, or self-injectable epinephrine.

- Participants with any clinically significant condition or situation, other than the

condition being studied that, in the opinion of the investigator, would interfere with the study evaluations or optimal participation in the study. Specific examples include but are not limited to hypertension being treated with beta blockers, coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, stroke, ocular conditions requiring topical beta blockers, any condition requiring the use of beta blockers.

- Participants that have used any investigational drugs within 30 days of the Screening


- Participants that are participating in any other clinical study.

- Participants that are a family member of the investigational study staff conducting

this study.

- Participants that are unable to meet medication washout requirements as listed in the


- Participants that are unlikely to be able to complete the trial, for any reason, or

likely to travel for extended periods of time during the GPS, which in the opinion of the investigator will compromise the data.

- Participants with a clinically significant abnormal vital sign or laboratory value

that would preclude participation in the study.

- Participants participating in this study may not participate in this same study at

another investigational site.

- Participants must not be randomized into this study more than once.

- Participants who are unable to or will not comply with the use of self-injectable


- Participants that may be at greater risk of developing adverse reactions after

epinephrine administration.

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Starting date: November 2007
Last updated: November 10, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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