A Study of Maribavir Compared to Valganciclovir to Treat Cytomegalovirus Infections in People Who Have Received Stem Cell Transplants

  • End date
    May 20, 2022
  • participants needed
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Updated on 19 July 2021
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This study is about treatment options for cytomegalovirus infections in people who have received stem cell transplants. The main aim of the study is to check if the cytomegalovirus infection can no longer be detected after treatment with marivabir or valganciclovir.

Participants will take 2 tablets of marivabir or valganciclovir and 2 tablets of placebo twice a day for 8 weeks. A placebo will look like marivabir or valganciclovir but will not have any medicine in it.

After treatment, each participant will be followed up for up to 12 weeks.

Participants will visit their study clinic up to 18 times during the study.

Condition Cytomegalic Inclusion Disease, Cytomegalovirus, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Retinitis, HCMV Infection, Cytomegalovirus Infections, cytomegalovirus infection, cmv infection
Treatment Placebo, Valganciclovir, Maribavir
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02927067
Last Modified on19 July 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Be able to provide written, personally signed, and dated informed consent to participate in the study before completing any study-related procedures. As applicable, a parent/both parents or legally authorized representative (LAR) must provide signature of informed consent and there must be documentation of assent by the participants before completing any study-related procedures. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, informed consent from a potential or current trial participant may, if permitted by local laws and regulations, be obtained via electronic informed consent (eIC) capabilities or an electronic face-to-face consent interview when these individuals are unable to travel to the site (FDA COVID-19 Guidance, 27 January 2021, Q11)
Be greater than or equal to (>=) 16 years of age at the time of consent
Be a recipient of hematopoietic stem cell transplant
Have a documented asymptomatic CMV infection, with a screening value of CMV DNA >=1365 International Units per millilitre (IU/mL) to less than or equal to (<=) 273000 IU/mL in whole blood or >=455 IU/mL to <=91000 IU/mL in plasma in 2 consecutive assessments, separated by at least 1 day, as determined by local or central specialty laboratory quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) or comparable quantitative CMV DNA results. Both samples should be taken within 14 days prior to randomization with second sample obtained within 5 days prior to randomization. Same laboratory and same sample type (whole blood or plasma) should be used for these assessments. Asymptomatic CMV infection is defined as an infection that does not present with tissue invasive CMV disease, as assessed by the investigator. Participants with CMV DNA less than (<) 910 and >=455 IU/mL in plasma or <2730 and >=1365 IU/mL in whole blood will also need to meet at least 1 of the following criteria for high-risk CMV infection to be
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-related (sibling) donor with at least 1 mismatch at 1 of the following 3 HLA-gene loci: HLA-A, -B or -DR
Haploidentical donor
Unrelated donor with at least 1 mismatch at 1 of the following 4 HLA -gene loci: HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1
Use of umbilical cord blood as stem cell source
Use of ex vivo T-cell-depleted grafts
Grade 2 or greater graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), requiring the use of systemic corticosteroids (defined as the use of >=1 milligram per kilogram per day (mg/kg/day) of prednisone or equivalent dose of another corticosteroid)
Have the current CMV infection as the first episode of CMV viremia after HSCT, either primary or reactivation, which in the investigator's opinion requires treatment
Per investigator's judgment, be eligible for treatment with valganciclovir
Have all of the following results as part of screening laboratory assessments (results from either the central laboratory or a local laboratory can be used for qualification)
Absolute neutrophil count to >=1000 per cubic millimeter (/mm^3) [1.010^9/L]
Platelet count >=25,000/mm^3 [2510^9/L]
Estimated creatinine clearance >=30 milliliters per minute (mL/min)
Hemoglobin >=8 grams per deciliter (g/dL)
Have a negative serum beta human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-HCG) pregnancy test at screening, if a female of child bearing potential. Urine pregnancy tests may be done per institutional requirements; however they are not sufficient for eligibility determination. Sexually active females of child bearing potential must agree to comply with any applicable contraceptive requirements of the protocol. If male, must agree to use an acceptable method of birth control, as defined in the protocol, during the study treatment administration period and for 90 days afterward the last dose of study treatment
Be able to swallow tablets
Have life expectancy of >=8 weeks
Be willing and have an understanding and ability to fully comply with study procedures and restrictions defined in the protocol
Weigh >=40 kilograms (kg)

Exclusion Criteria

Have CMV tissue invasive disease as assessed by the investigator at the time of screening and randomization at Visit 2/Day 0
Have a CMV infection that is known to be genotypically resistant to ganciclovir, valganciclovir, foscarnet, or cidofovir based on documented evidence
Be presenting with recurrent CMV infection (defined as a new detection of CMV infection in a participants who had at least one previously documented episode of CMV infection post-transplant, and who has had at least 2 weeks of undetectable CMV DNA between the episodes during active surveillance, based on same local laboratory and same sample type). The Participants must also have been off any anti-CMV treatment between the current and prior infection. Otherwise, the current infection may be considered continuation of the prior infection
Require ganciclovir, valganciclovir, foscarnet, or cidofovir administration for conditions other than CMV when study treatment is initiated (example: herpes simplex virus [HSV] co-infection requiring use of any of these agents after the randomization) or would need a co-administration with maribavir for CMV infection
Be receiving leflunomide, letermovir, or artesunate when study treatment is initiated
Note: Participants who may be receiving leflunomide must discontinue the use
at least 14 days prior to randomization at Visit 2/Day 0 and the first dose of
study treatment. Participants receiving letermovir must discontinue use 3 days
prior to first dose of study treatment. Participants receiving artesunate must
discontinue the use prior to the first dose of study treatment
Be on treatment with anti-CMV agents (ganciclovir, valganciclovir, foscarnet or letermovir) for the current CMV infection for longer than 72 hours
Have known hypersensitivity to the active substance or to an excipient of the study treatments
Have severe vomiting, diarrhea, or other severe gastrointestinal illness within 24 hours prior to the first dose of study treatment that would preclude administration of oral medication
Require mechanical ventilation or vasopressors for hemodynamic support at the time of randomization
Be female and pregnant or nursing
Have previously completed, discontinued, or have been withdrawn from this study
Have received any investigational agent with known anti-CMV activity within 30 days before initiation of study treatment or CMV vaccine at any time
Have received any unapproved agent or device within 30 days before initiation of study treatment
Have any clinically significant medical or surgical condition that, in the investigator's opinion, could interfere with interpretation of study results, contraindicate the administration of the assigned study treatment, or compromise the safety or well-being of the participant
Have previously received maribavir
Have known (previously documented) positive results for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Participants must have a confirmed negative HIV test result within 3 months of study entry or, if unavailable, be tested by a local laboratory during the screening period
Have serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) greater than (>) 5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) at screening, or serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) >5 times ULN at screening, or total bilirubin >= 3.0ULN at screening (except for documented Gilbert's syndrome), as analyzed by local or central laboratory
Have active malignancy with the exception of nonmelanoma skin cancer, as determined by the investigator. Participants who experience relapse or progression of their underlying malignancy (for which HSCT was performed), as determined by the investigator, are not to be enrolled
Be undergoing treatment for acute or chronic hepatitis C
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