A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Anamorelin HCl for the Treatment of Malignancy Associated Weight Loss and Anorexia in Adult Patients With Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

  • End date
    Mar 26, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Helsinn Healthcare SA
Updated on 26 January 2021
body mass index
renal function
lung cancer
liver metastases
cancer treatment
palliative care
cancer chemotherapy
targeted therapy
metastatic cancer
anamorelin hydrochloride
kidney function test
lung carcinoma
secondary malignant neoplasm of liver


Multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of anamorelin HCl. Approximately 316 patients with advanced NSCLC with cachexia will be randomized 1:1 to anamorelin HCl 100 mg or placebo, taken orally once daily (QD) for a total of 24 weeks. Patients will be instructed to take the study drug at least 1 hour before their first meal of the day

Condition Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, nsclc, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer, Cachexia; Cancer
Treatment Placebo Oral Tablet, Anamorelin Hydrochloride
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03743051
SponsorHelsinn Healthcare SA
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age greater than or equal to 18 yrs?
Gender: Male or Female
Do you have any of these conditions: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer or Cachexia; Cancer?
Do you have any of these conditions: nsclc or Cachexia; Cancer or Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?
Do you have any of these conditions: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer or Cachexia; Cancer or nsclc?
Do you have any of these conditions: nsclc or Cachexia; Cancer or Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?
Signed written informed consent
Female or male 18 years of age
Documented histologic or cytologic diagnosis of American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Stage III or IV NSCLC. Stage III patient must have unresectable disease
Body mass index < 20 kg/m2 with involuntary weight loss of >2% within 6 months prior to screening
Ongoing problems with appetite/eating associated with the underlying cancer, as determined by having score of 17 points on the 5-item Anorexia Symptom Scale and 37 points on the 12-item FAACT A/CS
Patient receiving or not receiving systemic anti-cancer treatment at the time of screening are eligible to participate. Systemic anti-cancer treatment includes first, second, third treatment line with chemotherapy/radiation therapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapy
Patient not receiving systemic anti-cancer treatment is eligible if
Not planning to receive anti-cancer treatment and/or at least 14 days must be elapsed from the completion of prior treatment at the day of screening, in case underwent previous cycle OR
Planning to receive anti-cancer treatment within 14 days from randomization and/or at least 14 days must be elapsed from the completion of prior treatment at the day of screening, in case underwent previous cycle OR
Patient on palliative care treatment
ECOG performance status 0,1 or 2 at screening
AST (SGOT) and ALT (SGPT) 3 x ULN or if hepatic metastases are present 5 x ULN
Adequate renal function, defined as creatinine 2 ULN, or calculated creatinine clearance >30 ml/minute
Female patient shall be: a) of non-childbearing potential or b) of childbearing potential using reliable contraceptive measures and having a negative urine pregnancy test within 24 hours prior to first dose of investigational product
Female patient of non-childbearing potential are defined as being in post-menopausal state since at least 1 year; or having documented surgical sterilization or hysterectomy at least 3 months before study participation
Reliable contraceptive measures include implants, injectables, combined oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, vasectomized partner or complete (long term) sexual abstinence
The patient must be willing and able to comply with the protocol tests and procedures All inclusion criteria will be checked at screening visit (Visit 1)

Exclusion Criteria

Patient with other forms of lung cancer (e.g., small cell, neuroendocrine tumors)
Woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding
Reversible causes of reduced food intake, as determined by the Investigator. These causes may include but are not limited to
NCI CTCAE Grade 3 or 4 oral mucositis
NCI CTCAE Grade 3 or 4 GI disorders [nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation]
mechanical obstructions making patient unable to eat, or
severe depression
Patient undergoing major surgery (central venous access placement and tumor biopsies are not considered major surgery) within 4 weeks prior to randomization. Patient must be well recovered from acute effects of surgery prior to screening. Patient should not have plans to undergo major surgical procedures during the treatment period
Patient currently taking androgenic compounds (including but not limited to testosterone, testosterone-like agents, oxandrolone, megestrol acetate, corticosteroids, olanzapine, mirtazapine (however, long-term use of mirtazapine for depression for at least four weeks prior to screening is allowed), dronabinol or marijuana (cannabis) or any other prescription medication or off-label products intended to increase appetite or treat unintentional weight loss
Patient with pleural effusion requiring thoracentesis, pericardial effusion requiring drainage, edema or evidence of ascites
Patient with uncontrolled or significant cardiovascular disease, including
History of myocardial infarction within the past 3 months
A-V block of second or third degree (may be eligible if currently have a pacemaker)
Unstable angina
Congestive heart failure within the past 3 months, if defined as NYHA class III-IV
Any history of clinically significant ventricular arrhythmias (such as ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, or torsade de pointes)
Uncontrolled hypertension (blood pressure >150 mm Hg systolic and >95 mm Hg diastolic)
Heart rate < 50 beats per minute on pre-entry electrocardiogram and patient is symptomatic
Patient on drugs that may prolong the PR or QRS interval durations, such as any of the antiarrhythmic medications Class I (Fast sodium (Na) channel blockers)
Patient unable to readily swallow oral tablets
Patient with severe gastrointestinal disease (including esophagitis, gastritis, malabsorption)
Patient with history of gastrectomy
Patient with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus or unmonitored diabetes mellitus
Patient with cachexia caused by other reasons, as determined by the investigator such
Severe COPD requiring use of home O2
New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III-IV heart failure
Uncontrolled thyroid disease
Patient receiving strong CYP3A4 inhibitors within 14 days of randomization
Patient currently receiving tube feedings or parenteral nutrition (either total or partial)
Current excessive alcohol or illicit drug use
Any condition, including the presence of laboratory abnormalities, which in the Investigator's opinion, places the subject at unacceptable risk if he/she were to participate in the study or confounds the ability to interpret data from the study
Enrollment in a previous study with anamorelin HCl
Patient actively receiving a concurrent investigational agent, or having received an investigational agent within 28 days of Day 1 All exclusion criteria will be checked at screening visit (Visit 1)
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