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Pilot Feasibility Study With Patients Who Are at High Risk For Developing Invasive Candidiasis in a Critical Care Setting (MK-0991-067)

Information source: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
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Condition(s) targeted: Invasive Candidiasis

Intervention: Caspofungin acetate (Drug); Placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Terminated

Sponsored by: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


This is a pilot feasibility study that investigates antifungal therapy with caspofungin in patients at high-risk for developing invasive candidiasis in a critical care setting.

Clinical Details

Official title: MSG-04 (Also Known as Merck Caspofungin Protocol 067): A Pilot, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Caspofungin Empirical Therapy for Invasive Candidiasis in High-Risk Patients in the Critical Care Setting

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

Primary outcome: The Proportion of Patients Discontinued From Study Therapy to be Treated With Empirical Antifungal Therapy Outside of the Context of the Study.

Detailed description: Hypothesis: In high-risk non-neutropenic participants in the ICU, the proportion of participants discontinued from study therapy in order to be empirically treated with antifungal therapy for suspected candidiasis outside of the context of this protocol is less than 20% (i. e., the upper bound of the 95% confidence interval for the observed proportion is less than 20%).


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


Inclusion Criteria:

- Hospitalization for a minimum of 3 days in an ICU and expectation to stay in the ICU

for at least another 48 hours

- Meets the following high-risk criteria: Requires mechanical ventilation at the time

of study entry; and has a central venous catheter in place at the time of study entry; and is receiving broad spectrum antibiotics at the time of study entry; AND meets at least one of the following criteria: Required parenteral nutrition during the current ICU admission; or required renal dialysis during the current ICU admission; or had major surgery during or within the 7 days before the current ICU admission; or was diagnosed with pancreatitis during or within the 7 days before the current ICU admission; or required systemic steroids or other immunosuppressive agents during or within the 7 days before the current ICU admission

- Meets at least one of the following criteria of suspected infection at the time of

study entry or within the 24 hours before study entry: Temperature ≥38° C or ≤36° C (oral equivalent); or hypotension (systolic blood pressure of <90 mm Hg) or significant drop in blood pressure (40 mm Hg) from the participant's normal baseline; or elevated white blood cell count of ≥12,000/mm^3

- Candida is growing in at least one non-sterile culture site collected during the

current ICU admission

- Female of childbearing potential has a negative serum or urine pregnancy test before

enrollment Exclusion Criteria:

- Females pregnant or breast feeding

- History of allergy, hypersensitivity, or any serious reaction to caspofungin or

another member of the echinocandin class (e. g., micafungin, anidulafungin)

- Neutropenia or expected to develop neutropenia during study therapy

- Diagnosis of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), aplastic anemia, or chronic

granulomatous disease

- Diagnosis of moderate or severe hepatic insufficiency

- Patient not expected to survive at least 24 hours

- Received systemic (IV or oral) antifungal therapy within 10 days before study entry

- Active diagnosis of proven or probable invasive fungal infection (IFI)

- Currently on or has received an investigational agent within 10 days before study


- Any condition or concomitant illness which might confuse the study results or pose

additional risk in administering the study therapy

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Additional Information

Starting date: December 2010
Last updated: February 16, 2015

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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